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Does anyone eat bugs/insects in California(or the US)? Why not eat insects?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 24, 2013 at 11:57 AM

I want to try eating some insects. The closest thing I've had was escargot in a can about 2yrs ago. I want to actually find some good insects that are typically made in say Bangkok. Cook them to my dietary needs. But I was wondering if anyone knew about where to find them besides pet stores, what are the best to start off(easiest to digest and cook) and what are the tastiest.

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on March 24, 2013
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I was mainly thinking about crickets, which both humans and animals eat. They are readily available at a pet store - just need to make sure they are live and normal or freeze dried with no additives.

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I have nothing against getting them from a Pet store. But what works for pets may not work for humans and vise versa(Xylitol comes in mind).

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Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on March 24, 2013
at 12:19 PM

The closest thing I've had was escargot in a can about 2yrs ago.

What? Snails are much closer to seafood than insects or related. Clearly, you do need to try them. :-)

Sadly, beyond chocolate covered ants, you are not going to find insects readily available in the US beyond crickets. I don't know what you have against getting them from a pet store, because if you really want to try "real" insects, they are the easiest to come by and prepare however you'd like.

Thailand Unique http://www.thailandunique.com/ has bagged, edible bugs and insects from Thailand, but you're going to pay a premium for them. It may give you a sense if you want to keep exploring this, however.

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on March 24, 2013
at 12:38 PM

I have nothing against getting them from a Pet store. But what works for pets may not work for humans and vise versa(Xylitol comes in mind).

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on March 24, 2013
at 01:18 PM

I was mainly thinking about crickets, which both humans and animals eat. They are readily available at a pet store - just need to make sure they are live and normal or freeze dried with no additives.

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on March 24, 2013
at 03:05 PM

"chapulines" (grasshoppers) are part of oaxacan cuisine. You could try some Mexican markets, restaurants, etc...

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on March 24, 2013
at 04:58 PM

Guelaguetza is a world class Mexican restaurant in LA that serves grasshoppers. They are available at plenty of other Mexican restaurants, but Guelaguetza is the one I'd try first.

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on March 24, 2013
at 04:25 PM

actually you're better off buying from a pet store, because they often sell them live. the fresher the better.

when i visited Thailand i tried a bunch of different dishes with bugs in them. at the market they'll often have stands with baskets full of worms and a wok full of hot oil and they'll fry them up right there for you. they eat mainly worms (wood, bamboo, etc.) grasshoppers, beetles, and scorpions. usually they'll just deep fry them, but i had them in stir fries as well. i liked them best fried, though. they remind me of crunchy cheetos.

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