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Eating locusts as a pest control in Israel

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 02:03 PM

Israel is in the grip of a locust invasion. Farmers are seeing their crops gobbled up in minutes - and some people are taking a novel approach to pest control. Eating them.

http://www.bbc.co.uk...gazine-21847517

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 06:18 PM

Locusts were listed as one do the clean insects in the Bible that could be eaten, not that I would want to try them.

Many people do not realize we had a swarming type of locust in N. America, numbering in the millions or billions. They swarmed over prarie regions and were hugely destructive. Then they went extinct, the only specimens that exist today are in museums. I do not remember if they ever figured out the reason why they all died out, I think it was before the age of pesticides.


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Posted 21 March 2013 - 07:02 PM

i've had  chocolate covered grasshoppers and chocolate covered ants.  the grass hoppers were kinda crunchy and without the chocolate i would have never been able to swallow them.
  the ants were not to bad.


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Posted 22 March 2013 - 01:25 PM

Well, we eat other two and four legged grain fed critters. So, why not eat six legged grain fed critters also ... But, I am hard pressed to imagine what they will name fried locust wings.


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Posted 22 March 2013 - 01:47 PM

Why not put them in a blender and make some sort of pancakes?

No one will recognize what it is made of and you get pancakes with a nutty flavor.

Maybe pull off the legs first before putting them in the blender...


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Posted 22 March 2013 - 02:05 PM

I find it funny how in the west we have such a weird thing with insects, especially for consumption. This is actually the most natural way of controlling their numbers, so good on them. :tu: (Better than pesticides etc)

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 03:36 PM

If you can't beat them, eat them.


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Posted 22 March 2013 - 03:57 PM

Great idea!    we could probably live on insects and algae  ..   and beer

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 04:55 PM

I never understood how ppl starved to death in biblical times when you had all those tastey grasshoppers everywhere


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Posted 22 March 2013 - 05:51 PM

I've tried grasshoppers and meal worms and they didn't really have a lot of flavor, I suspect because they were dried and toasted or maybe I just didn't notice the taste since I was gagging and heaving.  Still, I think it's a great idea.  Go Israelites!

I'm glad I tried them, I can cross off, eat a bug from my bucket list.  :D

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 06:25 PM

View PostHuntrSThompsun, on 22 March 2013 - 04:55 PM, said:

I never understood how ppl starved to death in biblical times when you had all those tastey grasshoppers everywhere

  hey ya... and if you were fortunate enough to be Egyptian,  there were appetizers of frogs, lice, and flies    yummmm


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Posted 22 March 2013 - 06:30 PM

Its food, so nothing wrong with it. Maybe they can pass them on to other areas of Africa where there are staving people.

In an ideal World a law would be passed were NO guns were allowed and all those out there destroyed, trouble is the law makers are not going to take a risk of trying to pass that without making sure they are armed first.

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 07:48 PM

View Postlightly, on 22 March 2013 - 06:25 PM, said:



  hey ya... and if you were fortunate enough to be Egyptian,  there were appetizers of frogs, lice, and flies    yummmm


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Posted 22 March 2013 - 08:00 PM

Locust meal is YUMMMY.

First, boil a batch until their eyes pop-out. Drain, but keeping the eyes.

Now, cook some veggies and throw the eyes in there. Mix until the eyes are staring straight-up to you.

Place the boiled locusts on a plate, put the veggie/eye mixture on-top. Make certain the eyes are still staring at you.

Season as desired.

Optional>>>> have a puke bag ready.

Edited by pallidin, 22 March 2013 - 08:01 PM.


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Posted 22 March 2013 - 08:06 PM

View Postpallidin, on 22 March 2013 - 08:00 PM, said:

Locust meal is YUMMMY.

First, boil a batch until their eyes pop-out. Drain, but keeping the eyes.

Now, cook some veggies and throw the eyes in there. Mix until the eyes are staring straight-up to you.

Place the boiled locusts on a plate, put the veggie/eye mixture on-top. Make certain the eyes are still staring at you.

Season as desired.

Optional>>>> have a puke bag ready.





Sounds lovely, I'll try it once I stop heaving.

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