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Gratuitous Food Porn: Insect Edition

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Andrew Zimmern pops them like candy and they have an entire cookbook designed around them but they’re considered taboo for modern day consumption. We’re talking insects. Yes, those creepy crawlies out in your backyard are indeed edible but chances are after the age of five you stopped trying to eat them willingly. Insects are actually eaten pretty frequently around the world but here in the US we get freaked out at the idea. There’s a high nutritional value to these little buggers but the only time we ever see these pests is at the bottom of a tequila bottle or immortalized in a lollipop. Besides gag gifts, insects can actually be transformed into some odd yet palatable dishes.

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Three Bee Salad

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Recipe: National Geographic

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Insect Sushi

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Via: Tony McNicol

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Fried Grasshoppers

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Via: Green Prophet

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Sheesh Kabobs

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Recipe: National Geographic

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Fried Scorpion on a Stick

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Via: Village Joy

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Chocolate Covered Crickets

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Via: Cafe Mom

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Deep Fried Tarantula Spider

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Recipe: National Geographic

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Ginger Dusted Beetle

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Via: Good Food Revolution

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Mealworm and Pigeon Burger

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Via: The Independent

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Locust Pizza

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Via: ABC Net AU

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Insect Chocolates

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Honey Spiced Locusts

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Recipe: Inn at the Crossroads

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Escamoles a.k.a. Ant Eggs

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Via: I Bizarre Foods

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Banana Worm Bread

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Recipe: The Guardian

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Crunchy Cricket Stir Fry

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Recipe: The New Protein Blog

 

Header image via National Geographic