October 7, 2002 2:03 PM   Subscribe

Bugs. They're what's for dinner. BABES may love 'em, but for all their purported nutritional value, I have no desire to eat maggots. Ever.
posted by mikhail (8 comments total)
Some people eat them...others apparently fetishize them.

The first time I learned that some cultures consider bugs delectable dining was when I saw a bizarre 60s cult film called Mondo Cane. It showed native cultures eating grubs like candy and a gourmet New York restaurant where a couple was happily feasting on grasshoppers and ants. Gag. The film deals with unusual edible fare worldwide and is not for the faint of heart...insects were among the more palatable choices.
posted by madamjujujive at 2:29 PM on October 7, 2002

Choclate covered ants.
If you never tried 'em as a kid, you obviously weren't spoiled.
posted by Smart Dalek at 2:44 PM on October 7, 2002

mikhail--great link!
Here are some more Tasty Insect Recipes for ya! ;)
posted by realjanetkagan at 4:26 PM on October 7, 2002

Ughh... I don't think I could ever eat an insect, especially a silverfish or a hairy catepillar... could you imagine eating them raw?

I remember when there was this catepillar infestation at my cottage. You couldn't not step on them. Since was young I can remember very vividly the way they puked their yellow blood out their mouthes with you stepped on them. It was so, so disgusting. That's all I could imagine if I ate one... having it puke it's insides into my mouth.

God, I'm going to gag.
posted by mckayc at 6:16 PM on October 7, 2002


you just made me puke...

thanks a bunch !
posted by bureaustyle at 6:27 PM on October 7, 2002

Here in Korea, a curbside treat (the old women (never men) hunkering beside a boiling cauldron, often at the entrances to parks and temples, or near bars, calling out 'bondaeggi bondaeggi bondaeggi ') is boiled silkworm grubs, or 'bondaeggi'. They're actually quite yummy, and were my christmas day afternoon snack last year.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 6:59 PM on October 7, 2002

At some point, if there's no pressing reason (like starvation) not to, ya may as well give in to your cultural inhibitions.
posted by kavasa at 9:55 PM on October 7, 2002

Smart Dalek: I was a spoiled kid but I never got to taste chocolate-covered ants till I was in college. They're not something you find in the average supermarket in NJ ;). And I must say I was disappointed. Not much distinctive flavor, aside from the chocolate. Maybe I got an inferior brand?
posted by realjanetkagan at 8:32 AM on October 8, 2002

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