Eating Crickets in Cambodia

Vendor Selling Cricket Snacks by the Road in Cambodia

Vendor Selling Edible Crickets by the Road in Cambodia

Okay, I admit it. I like eating crickets. The texture is pleasantly crunchy; the flavor is nutty – kind of like peanuts – and if done right the spices can be amazing. Even the UN is promoting insects as low-fat, high-protein food. There are many benefits of eating crickets. Insects have enough protein to rank right up there with lean ground beef and have less fat. They also contain as much fiber as bran and even have beneficial minerals such as iron, magnesium, phosphorous, selenium and zinc. They are also environmentally friendly. An insect can convert two pounds of feed into one pound of edible meat. Cattle require four times as much feed to produce that same pound.

Over two billion people worldwide now consider insects a regular part of their diet. Admittedly it took me a few seconds to screw up my courage and indulge in eating crickets, but I am glad I did. They make great snacks, kind of likes chips, only more nutritious. As opposed to the other insects I have tried, Chicatanas (or Mexican Flying Ants), these taste good. If the climate continues changing and the oceans continue to be over-fished someday, I am sure trendsetters and mass marketers will make eating insects “cool.” Why not beat the trend and try some yourself? I suggest them lightly fried with red chilies, green onions and a squeeze of lime.

Stir-fried with Red Chile, Green Onion, Lemon Grass and a Little Salt is My Favorite Cricket Recipe

Stir-fried with Red Chile, Green Onion, Lemon Grass and a Little Salt is My Favorite Cricket Recipe

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Author: Jonathan Look

In 2011 Jonathan Look decided to change his life and pursue adventures instead of comfort and possessions. His goal is to travel the world solo; one country at a time, one year at a time. To accomplish this he got rid of most of his possessions, packed up what little he saw as necessities and headed out. His goal is to spend ten years discovering new places, meeting new people and taking the time to learn about them, their values and their place on this tiny planet. He embraces the philosophy that says a person is the sum of their experiences and rejects the fraud of modern consumerism that makes people into slaves of their consumption. He doesn't intend to be modern day ascetic, just more mindful of his place in the world and to make decisions according to that new standard.

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