How to Survive Cicada Invasion: Eat Them
Cicadas are 'the shrimp of the land,' say scientists
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted May 12, 2013 5:16 PM CDT
This photo provided by the University of Connecticut shows a cicada in Pipestem State Park in West Virginia on May 27, 2003.   (AP Photo/University of Connecticut, Chirs Simon)

(Newser) – Billions of bug-eyed cicadas are set to swarm the East Coast. So what will you do when "swarmageddon" hits? You can stay inside and grumble about the insects' loud sex noises, or, scientists say, you can just eat them. Cicadas are "the shrimp of the land," entomologist Isa Betancourt tells NBC Philadelphia. "They are arthropods, which means they have an exoskeleton," she says. "We regularly eat the arthropods of the sea ... shrimp, lobster, and crabs."

Betancourt says cicadas are high in protein, low in fat, and are best when they first emerge from the ground in the morning, still soft after shedding their skin. Another scientist—and cicada cookbook author—says they can be prepared several ways. "Boiled they’re going to taste a lot like shrimp," he says. "If you eat them au naturel, raw, they’ve got a delicate nutty flavor; a buttery texture."

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iq145
Jun 5, 2013 10:37 PM CDT
UN Says: Why Not Eat More Insects? Posted on Monday May 13, 2013 @01:29PM From the other-other-white-meat dept. A U.N. plan to get more bugs in your belly. "The U.N. has new weapons to fight hunger, boost nutrition and reduce pollution, and they might be crawling or flying near you right now: edible insects. The Food and Agriculture Organization on Monday hailed the likes of grasshoppers, ants and other members of the insect world as an underutilized food for people, livestock and pets. Insects are 'extremely efficient' in converting feed into edible meat, the agency said. Most insects are likely to produce fewer environmentally harmful greenhouse gases, and also feed on human and food waste, compost and animal slurry, with the products being used for agricultural feed, the agency said. 'Insects are everywhere and they reproduce quickly,' the agency said, adding they leave a 'low environmental footprint.' The agency noted that its Edible Insect Program is also examining the potential of arachnids, such as spiders and scorpions." http://science.slashdot.org/story/13/05/13/1144202/un-says-why-not-eat-more-insects
Libris_Fidelis
May 15, 2013 8:38 AM CDT
I am CERTAINLY glad these eat-bugs theoriticians aren't illegal-alien immigration reform advocates!!!!
Mcabee
May 13, 2013 8:38 AM CDT
Eww, There's no way them things would every get eating around here!!!:-/