My Journey to Becoming an Entomophage

I’m going to just go ahead and post this.  There’s a huge negative bias towards eating insects in our western culture, but the reality is that they are nutritious, packed with protein, and, as I recently discovered, *delicious*.  Over 80% of the world are Entomophages!

Would you like to know more?

So, below is my journey to becoming an entomophage.  I hope you’ll be inspired to take the plunge; if we can get over our squeamishness, the whole world can benefit from eating insects.

My package arrived after being held up with Canadian Boarder Services.

I put my grasshoppers in a container and froze them.

I was making tortillas, and decided it was a good time to take the plunge.

I fried them up with butter,

heated up my tortilla with some cheese,

and added the Main Event!

Tortillas assemble!

After everything was ready I dug in.

If my face is confusing, it’s because this is perhaps the most conflicted meal I’ve ever eaten…  It was a mix of “oh god this is good” and “oh god dont’ think about what you’re eating.”

It was delicious!  The hoppers tasted nutty and nice.  The texture was a little… different.  It was a little crunchy, but not in the hard or sharp sort of way.

The biggest thing to get over was that I was eating bugs.  I was a little squeamish, but I got over it pretty quick when I tasted how good it was.

My husband, Aaron, and our friend Matthew came home shortly thereafter from a workout at the climbing gym.  I told them of my adventure, and Matthew was pretty enthused about it.  I cooked up another batch of hoppers, and he tried a Grasshopper Tortilla too!  He really liked it.

…Aaron is not there yet.  He tried one grasshopper hot out of the pan, and liked it.  But it goes against his “not eating things with faces” guideline.  We’ll see.  Matthew’s boldness and subsequent enjoyment of the dish was really an inspiration.

Hope you get to try some some time; it was a neat experience I will be repeating.

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About H.G. Bells

H.G. Bells writes around the intersections of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror. She has several short stories in print, and is repped by Beth Campbell for her novel Sleep Over, coming soon from Skyhorse Publishing.
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6 Responses to My Journey to Becoming an Entomophage

  1. That Guy says:

    Not eating things with faces still attached? Or is Aaron a secret Vegan that I haven’t noticed because I’m a bad friend?
    – That Guy Across the Street Playing that FPS on His Projector Screen

    • wordsnipe says:

      Haha, no, not a vegan; just not eating things with faces still attached. For instance, calamari is great, but not when it’s whole little squid. And I must say you made me look, terrified, across the street, until I looked back and saw your info. Hilarious.

  2. The picture with you eating has a MeGusta look to it…

    And bugs are totally awesome! Pan fried ants are like African popcorn 😀

  3. David Gracer says:

    Congratulations on your first foray into entomophagy. You should know that your blog post has already been making the rounds within the community of people working in this subject. I’ve been involved with insect consumption for over 12 years, and some very interesting developments are taking place.

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