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You’ll have to blame Pumice, over at Medley ofWorship for reminding me of this subject.
The big bugs which we call locusts in America aren’t really locusts at all, but cicadas. Still, they sometimes come in numbers that rival the real locust plagues of biblical mention. In the parts of the world which still have locust plagues, the natives often get the ultimate revenge on the destructive little devils by eating them. I’m sure that our wild animals, and some tame ones do the same with our cicadas, so why not us? The squeamish have already lost their last meal and written me off as a freak, so the rest of you stay with me.
You CAN eat the 17 year locust, and the Native Americans often took advantage of the easily gathered bits of protein, when they were available. They’re said to taste somewhat like shrimp, though I suspect the flavor could vary some depending on their main food source. Concerns include choking on the wings and legs if not removed, allergic reaction (especially with those who have shell-fish allergies) and mercury content (though I suspect that is worst in polluted areas).
Here are some sites to check out for the interested or the adventurous:
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