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Israelis feast on locust plague


Posted on Friday, 22 March, 2013 | Comment icon 32 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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Some Israelis have found a novel new way to deal with the locust swarm - cooking and eating them.

Israel is currently in the grip of a devastating locust invasion with the hungry critters swarming through farmland devouring everything in sight. With crops destroyed a potential food shortage looms, yet some people have discovered a method for dealing with the insects that happens to partially solve the food crisis at the same time - collecting them up and cooking them.

One common recipe involves boiling the locusts up, rolling them in a mixture of flour, coriander seeds, garlic and chilli powder, then deep-frying them. According to those who have tried it the new delicacy tastes like a cross between chicken schnitzel, sunflower seeds and prawns.

"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."

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Comment icon #23 Posted by freetoroam on 23 March, 2013, 10:43
its not actually that unusual, i have heard of many who do this, not sure about the green bit though! yuk!
Comment icon #24 Posted by tyrant lizard on 23 March, 2013, 11:28
Watch the master at work. I remember him eating undigested berries from bear poo - why didn't he just get them from the same tree the bear did?
Comment icon #25 Posted by mysticwerewolf on 23 March, 2013, 20:27
i'm sorry grasshoppers and crickets and locusts are..... ok ( preferably cooks mind you) but I draw the line at leaches, worms & night crawlers edited for spelling
Comment icon #26 Posted by Sundew on 23 March, 2013, 20:40
Well I for one definitely prefer the decapods (shrimp, crabs and lobster) to the hexapods, but in some cultures insects are a staple. Crustaceans are little more than sea-going insects. Tasty, tasty insects! Hand me the Old Bay!
Comment icon #27 Posted by cachibatches. on 24 March, 2013, 5:27
I thought locusts generated poisons so that they cannot be eaten?
Comment icon #28 Posted by Lava_Lady on 24 March, 2013, 8:26
Apparently this is incorrect since they've been eating locusts in Israel for awhile and this is not a new concept, people of many cultures eat locusts, grass hoppers, ants, meal worms, & all kinds of different bugs since the beginning of time. I've seen people eat scorpions and centipedes on that show Bizarre foods with Andrew Zimmern. Great show, really helps to open the mind.
Comment icon #29 Posted by Frank Merton on 24 March, 2013, 8:43
Overcoming revulsions to assorted foodstuffs is a good way to get practice controlling the emotions. I don't particularly care for locusts, but they don't bother me. The way they are served in Thailand is just too loaded with the grease they fry them in.
Comment icon #30 Posted by pallidin on 25 March, 2013, 0:56
If you boil a sheep head. and there's no-one around to see them, do they "wink"?
Comment icon #31 Posted by 3.0 on 25 March, 2013, 1:38
"John the Baptists" Cookbook?
Comment icon #32 Posted by ancient astronaut on 3 May, 2013, 21:40
Locust Fajitas anyone????


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