Tasting Insects at Ecofest!

The Zeitgeist Movement Toronto was at “Bug Bites” at the University of Toronto’s “Eco Fest.” Why? Not only are insects very nutritious, they are also more environmentally sustainable when compared to other livestock such as cows, pigs, chicken, etc. They use less water, land, and they convert food into protein much more efficiently than livestock. The growing human population also calls for a change in eating habits, eating insects tackles that problem fairly well. An example of a popularly consumed insect is mealworms, the larval form of a species of beetle that lives in temperate regions worldwide. They provide protein, vitamins, and minerals on par with those found in fish and meat.

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How did they taste? Two of us from TZM Toronto attended, and we were surprised as to how good the BBQ roasted mealworms tasted. If eating insects on their own not your thing (odds are it currently isn’t), there also were brownies, chocolate chip cookies, and canapés with cricket hummus topped with the BBQ mealworms (as seen in the images). All the baked goods tasted normal, just as you would expect them to taste if they were made with regular flour, rather than cricket flour – which is what was used. Everyone we saw tasting the insect based foods seemed to enjoy it, one student even sprinkled his pizza with a bunch of them.

A quick search on Youtube and you can even find fairly easy “how to” videos on raising mealworms. Most do it to treat their chickens and what not with freshly grown mealworms, but it seems as though people should consider raising these things for their own consumption as well.

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Written by: Ely & Rui, TZM Toronto

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