It’s that time of year again! World Edible Insect Day was October 23rd! What? You forgot to celebrate this exciting event, you say? You’ve never even heard of it, you say? Eating insects is disgusting, you say?
It may be time to reevaluate our relationship to insects and entamophagy (the eating of bugs). The fact is, most of the world actually eats insects on a regular basis, and because they are cheap, easy to grow, and use infinitely less resources than any other form of protein, bugs may be the wave of the future for us all.
Thanks to Aspire Food Group, located in Austin, TX, I was able to try my hand at using their finely milled cricket powder in my everyday cooking. The product is pure cricket, ground to a powder comprised of 68% protein. I was pleased to find out that these insects enjoy a better diet than most humans. Aspire’s crickets feed exclusively on local, organic fare, and drink only reverse-osmosis filtered water. Reverse osmosis, people. Let that sink in for a moment.
That being said, I love this company! And I love this product. I firmly believe that we are what we eat and I relish the idea of the food I consume being carefully raised and fed as pure a diet as possible. While the taste of pure cricket has yet to grow on me (it’s a little too…cricket-y?), I have found that substituting cricket powder in place of protein powder in smoothies and certain baked goods, such as muffins and pancakes, is the best way for me to use it. Of course there are countless ideas out there on the internet, some of which I still plan on trying with the remainder of my powder.
Edible insects are the wave of the future, and I’m glad to know that there are companies like Aspire Food Group bringing this ancient form of nourishment into Western culture. I am looking forward to trying more of their edible insect products in the future.