There are many bugs that you can eat to stay
alive. In Western culture most people do not eat bugs.
Many other parts of the world eat bugs as part of their normal diet.
Thus indigenous societies have
always eaten bugs. People in the arm forces have taken many classes on
how to survive eating off the
land and report most bugs are good for your health. And there is
arguably no more intimate way of
getting use to nature than by handling it with bare hands and even and
learning to eat bugs and
insects. Most insects you are able to eat. You need to understand this
when you are lost and have
nothing to eat.
You can eat most insects raw. The taste varies from one species to
another. Insects such as beetles
and grasshoppers that have a hard outer shell will have parasites.
Make sure to boil them or cook
before you try and eat them. There are different types of ants that
store honey in their bodies,
giving them a sweet taste. Try mashing them up into a collection of
insects into a paste. You can mix
them with edible vegetation.
Try cooking the ants to improve their taste. You can eat worms put
then in water before eating this
makes them a little better just swallow them whole. Snakes and reptiles
are good also just need to cook
them before you eat them. If you come across a turtle you should not
try and eat them. Look for
dandelions they are nature's richest green vegetable source of beta
carotene, from which Vitamin A is
created, and the third richest source of Vitamin A of all foods, after
cod liver oil and beef liver.
You can make a soup with the insects and dandelions.
You need to find rotting logs lying on the ground these excellent
places to look for a variety of
insects including ants, termites, beetles, and grubs, which are beetle
larvae. Do not overlook insect
nests on or in the ground. grassy areas, like fields, they are good
areas to search because the
insects are easily seen. Look under stones, boards, or other materials
lying on the ground provide the
insects with good nesting sites and for worms. Remember you need to
eat and drink if you are lost in
Eating protein rich bugs is good for you Crickets are loaded with
calcium, and termites are rich in
iron, and good for the earth Raising cows, pigs, and sheep is a
tremendous waste of the planet's
resources, but bug ranching is pretty benign. After all, what's
inherently more disgusting about
eating a grasshopper than, say, an oyster? Gordon enthusiastically
provides recipes for terrestrial
arthropods gleaned from the entomophagic appetites of people around
the world, telling you which
insects are most delicious and which to avoid, how to cook them, and
which wine to drink with your
many-legged meal. The recipes themselves are clear, easy to follow,
and quite educational, with
sidebar tidbits about the bugs you're about to eat.
Bugs you can eat