Before setting up Grub, the edible insect company, I used to work for an international charity where I was lucky enough to travel the world and see the relationship different cultures had with their food.
This was, in fact, when I first tried insects. It was Malawi, where the beginning of the rainy season sees termites leave their mound and fly for the skies. Not all of them get very far as the kids in the village I was staying were catching them with improvised nets. I thought it was just a fun game until later that day when I was presented with a plate of fried termites seasoned with chilli and lime. Nutty and prawn-like, I genuinely thought they were delicious.
When you delve a little further into the benefits of eating insects – there is a lot out there – it is not hard to see why 80% of the world’s nations eat insects. That’s 2 billion people worldwide. Someone, somewhere, right now is chowing down on a delicious insect meal. That’s because, as well as being tasty, insects are nutritious and sustainable. High in protein, minerals like iron and calcium and containing essential amino acids like Omega 3 and 6 – insects really should be described as a ‘superhero’ food. They are enjoyed in countries where access to high protein and nutrient rich food can be expensive or hard to come by. Insects are an easy and abundant solution. They have even been hailed as the food of the future as we try and find more sustainable sources of protein that can feed our growing population. One things is clear: our climate cannot survive our current eating habits for long.
Read the rest of Shami Radia’s article on Jamie’s Food Revolution website here
If you are around Wakehurst this weekend of 2nd – 3rd July why not challenge your taste buds at Wakehurst’s inaugural Wild Food Festival this summer.
Adventures in taste
Explore all things wild at Wakehurst’s inaugural Wild Food Festival this summer – in association with Fantastic British Food Festivals.
Challenge your taste buds, explore our beautiful wild landscape, and let your hair down with family and friends on a great day out.
Guinness World Record attempt
Be part of our Guinness World Record breaking attempt at 12.15pm on Saturday 2July as our giant hay bale picnic table is measured, photographed and filmed for official verification of the record!
Spices, honey, teas from around the world, exotic fruits, organic and raw food, craft beers and cider are just some of the delights on offer. In the wild spirit of the event, produce specialists have customised creations from nettle juice and botanical cocktails to wild berry ice cream.
The Eat Grub experience. Roasted cricket anyone?
For a real taste challenge, this is your chance to taste edible bugs. Chefs from Eat Grub will be offering free samples of a Miang thai streetfood, prepared with insect ingredients and exotic leaves – a real flavour explosion! You’ll also be able to sample roasted cricket and other edible bug ingredients – buy ingredients and their newly launched cookbook Eat Grub so you can try out this exciting new food trend at home. The insects phenomenon is seeing a popular surge in food and restaurant trends in the UK – find out why it makes sense from an ecological, economical and health point of view to incorporate insects into your diet.
An exciting article in the Guardian on the increase in bug production in the UK.
It talks about the UK’s 1st cricket farm in Cumbria, a partnership by the eatgub guys and Howard Bell.
The article mentions Edible bug farm who farm mealworms. The Brighton Bug Boys who are working on modular, phone box-sized insect farms that can be connected together to make larger facilities. Jiminy’s Cricket Farm in Northampton who is also looking to produce cricket flour.
I hope they get the all clear for their cricket farm as it could lead to lower cricket flour prices which is good for everyone.
Read the full article here