Have you eaten your insects today?

 

Entomophagy |ˌentəˈmäfəjē|

noun

the practice of eating insects, especially by people.

From Greek ἔντομον éntomon, "insect", and φᾰγεῖν phagein, "to eat" (from Wikipedia)


Entomophagy is an ancient, and essentially human practice, still celebrated throughout much of the world. In the United States and much of the “developed” world, however, eating insects is still strongly taboo, though it is slowly creeping (crawling?) its way into the mainstream, beginning with the advent of Cricket Bars.

As ReWilders, we strive to eat a “natural” diet, though to truly consider our diet "natural," we might be wise to consider the diverse selection of foods that are natural for humans to eat, insects included! When we forage wild food, we do not have to limit ourselves to wild greens, roots and berries. The next time you are out foraging, diversify your harvest and bring along an edible insect guide!

In the below video, I prepare June bugs for a delicious, popcorn-like snack! June bugs are a great starter-insect because they are easily identifiable with no toxic lookalikes. Their flavor is also quite mild making them an easy transition into the edible insect world for our domesticated palates.

Entomophagy is a great way to forage your own wild protein and an excellent survival strategy to have in your ReWilder toolkit.

ReWild your diet!


Now I’d like to hear from you! Do you forage wild insects yourself? Have you ever tried edible insects? Maybe you have even “farmed” some yourself? What have your experiences been? Would love to hear what you think of this video in the comments below!