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Monday, June 9, 2014

New Food Fad May Leave You Bugged Out

Posted By on Mon, Jun 9, 2014 at 2:00 PM

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Your next grub hub could be found in your backyard.

The "Pestaurant" has been popping up all over the world, serving insects for lunch free of charge, with its American debut in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, June 4. The lineup included grasshopper burgers (yes there are actual hoppers in them, no they don't taste like mint), buffalo worms, Mexican-spiced mealworms, and bubblegum-flavored ant candy for dessert.

Patrons not only devoured their meals, but some also participated in a cricket eating contest.

Sponsored by Ehrlich, a pest control company from Reading, PA, the Pestaurant has opened pop-ups in Australia, France, the UK, Netherlands, and Lithuania to name a few.

Last year the United Nations released a report from their Food and Agriculture Organization stating that insects are a valuable source of protein and other nutrients. It also states that the overall cultivation of insects is incredibly environmentally friendly and is easy to do.

Of course, San Francisco was featured on Andrew Zimmern's Bizarre Foods last year where he ate cricket cookies and according to Eater, a toffee mealworm sundae.

The craze has also caught on to mass produced energy bars. Chapul features three flavors of cricket bars: Aztec (dark chocolate, coffee, and cayenne), Chaco (peanut butter and chocolate), and Thai (coconut, ginger, and lime).

There's even a cookbook dedicated to dining on insects.

With all of this in mind, channel your inner Zimmern or Phil and Lil and think of worms as a healthier version of spaghetti. Besides, lobsters and shrimp are cousins of the cockroach. We're not too far off from the real deal.

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