With just one day left in the 2012 Word Count Blogathon, my sights are set beyond the finish line turning what was a mile into a marathon. For my next trick, I am going to blog about my second round of the Eat Local Challenge which I failed last year thanks to extended traveling and the brilliant product placement of Ikea Swedish meatballs.
No, this year, I will not only attempt the Eat Local Challenge but also incorporate insects into my daily diet beginning with crickets.
In southern Louisiana the Sportman’s Paradise, it is easy to find a local source for crickets like Fluker Farms in Port Allen. And although caterpillars are higher in protein according to Iowa State University’s Insect Nutritional Table, I prefer the crunchy texture of the cricket’s exoskeleton as opposed to the softer, chewier bodies of grubs and caterpillars. (I despise calamari and put potato chips on my sandwiches for the same reason.) Besides, from an environmental standpoint cricket farming is a more efficient use of resources than even grass-feed beef or free-range chickens.
Chickens that might try to steal my insect dinner.
Have you ever eaten insects? Is there a recipe you think I should try?