OK, we know that it’s hard to think about eating this:

But what about this?

Reader support helps sustain our work. Donate today to keep our climate news free.
ento box


Grist thanks its sponsors. Become one.

Four graduate students in London are betting that you’ll eat those nugget-y morsels — even though they’re made of bugs. After all, you already eat lots of weird things. Like raw fish. FastCoExist reports:

“Sushi was a very inspiring story for us,” says cofounder Julene Aguirre-Bielschowski, who met her cofounders at the Innovation Design Engineering MA/MSc double masters course at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London. Aguirre-Bielschowski, who is German but is originally from Mexico, says she and her colleagues were initially met with skepticism from advisors, but she says they found inspiration in a 30-year-old Japanese travel book that advised tourists to beware of “strange Japanese restaurants that serve raw fish.”

If sushi could make fans out of skeptics in just three decades, then why not bugs?

Or, as CoExist puts it, “If you can eat raw fish, you can eat a caterpillar.” It’s not like they taste bad — roasted wax worms taste like pistachios, locusts are like walnuts, and crickets taste like sausages. You only think bug-based meals are weird because you don’t eat them — but 2 billion other people do.

Grist thanks its sponsors. Become one.

Maybe Europeans and Americans will learn to love bugs, too. Just make them into unrecognizable, bread-coated nuggets — we’ll eat anything if you process it enough and give us sauce to dunk it in.