Not so long ago, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) had such impressive report about using edible insects as a food source of the world in future. That may sound a little creepy, but in fact, insect is a familiar dish of many Asian countries.
On the streets of Southeast Asia, you can easily catch vendors with many snacks made from insects. They can be roasted, grilled or fried, then added sauce and spices. The fragrant, greasy insects sure will stimulate your taste buds, making it impossible to stay still.
There are dozens of kinds of insects that you can choose. Roasted cricket, grilled bee larvae, roasted cicada, fried ant… Even scorpion is a very popular dish, although in theory, it is not an insect.
If you feel brave enough to experience this exotic specialty, then Thailand is one of the top choices for you to discover. In this country, edible insects are so popular that at night, you can still see them on any vibrant street or market. The specialties of this country are fried crickets, grasshoppers or capsules packed in bamboo.
If the gentle little animals are not enough to satisfy you, then fried or roasted spider will be a dish that you should discover in your journeys. One of the most famous nations for this dish is Cambodia.
They are sold in the market as Phnom Penh central market and many restaurants in town. Spider contains a lot of zinc and iron, providing a significant source of income for many poor farmers in this country.
Even scarier are fried snakes, centipedes, lizards, worms, beetles, or scorpions. If you have a chance to visit China, do not forget to take a look at the Wangfujing snack street in Beijing. It certainly is not for the faint of heart. But for the brave ones who want to experience new dishes, this will certainly be an interesting experience.
Back to the FAO’s report, which is named “Edible insects – Future prospects for food and feed security”. The report said that 2 billion people in the world consider insects as a dish, or even an ingredient in a daily meal.
Insects generally have high nutritional value and protein content, more than meat or fish. They are also rich in fiber and contain many nutrients that good for health, including copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, selenium and zinc.
This makes edible insects an ideal food source in the future, the UN report confirmed, not only for some parts of the world, but globally. They will help promote health and partly protect environment, as well as solve food shortages today.