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3 Edible Insects To Crunch And Munch

Edible Insects For Survival

Eating insects. Not gross if you’re hungry and need solid nutrition.

Much of the world survives on insects. And you may have to in an off the grid situation. In North America there are plenty of edible insects. It’s a simply a matter of knowing:  (1) which bug can you eat and (2) how to eat it.

grasshopper on finger

Edible Grasshopper

The 3 Insects

Here are three edible insects for your dining delight:

Honeypot ants

Several species of the honeypot ants are found in the western parts of the U.S, as well as in Arizona, New Mexico, and arid and semi-arid regions.

These edible insects have a good nutritional value and the ones you should target are the specialized worker ants (repletes). You can recognize them easily because their abdomen is bigger than the ones of normal ants and it’s full with food.

This food is destined for the ant colony to help it survive in times of famine. These edible insects will help you survive and they have been consumed by many people who got lost in the desert.

Honeypot ants can be identified by their color, especially green and blue. They can also be dark red in color and measure ¼ inch to ½ inch in length, but the most distinctive characteristic of these edible insects is their abdominal swellings.

How to eat honeypot insects: Once you’ve dug up these edible insects you can eat them raw. It is the simplest way to consume honeypot ants.

Honeypot ants have a sweet taste as they are made up of natural sugars and water. These edible insects are a refreshing treat that will keep you alive in the wild.

Mealworms

These edible insects are the larvae of the mealworm beetle, a small blackish beetle that is found across the U.S. They can be easily located in the wild with a little practice. You have to look in dark and cool places that provide moist micro habitats.

Looking under rocks and wood at night increases your chances of finding these edible insects. They are easy to collect and do not pose a threat when being disturbed.

How to eat mealworms: These edible insects are a good food source that can be baked or fried. You can fry them on low heat for 10 minutes with some salt and other condiments. You can add them to a salad to have a complete meal.

I can tell you from experience that these edible insects taste like almonds or nuts. Some people also prefer to eat mealworms raw, but I recommend cooking them.

These edible insects can provide an allergic reaction, so if you know you are allergic to shellfish, you should avoid eating mealworms.

Short-horned grasshopper

This is one of the edible insects that doesn’t look too appealing and it may prove harder to catch. Grasshoppers can be found throughout North America and meadows, fields, hedgerows and forest are the areas in which you should look for these edible insects.

It can be difficult to catch grasshoppers and you often have to improvise a trap or two, in order to make sure you have enough for a decent meal.You can use a glass jar to catch these edible insects.

You need to dig a hole in the ground, place the jar in it and add some bait (such as fruits). You can also add water as it will help drown the insects that find their way inside.

Short-horned grasshoppers range in size from 0.2 to 4 inches in length and many species are green or light brown.

How to eat short-horned grasshoppers: Many survivalists recommend eating grasshoppers because these insects provide protein and calcium.

It is recommended to cook these edible insects to make them safe to eat. You can boil, fry or roast them and add the seasonings of your liking.

Make sure to remove the legs and wings before eating grasshoppers as these parts are difficult to swallow.

Source:  If you’re still hungry, check out Bob Rodgers post on his Prepper’s Will site. Bob is both prolific writer and a very respected resource in the prepper community.

Image:  Marc Pascual

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