BUGS, FLIES AND BEETLES

In todays world, – and our growing critical view on the meat industry, alternative foods are welcome on the menu. Insects offer an opportunity to merge traditional knowledge and modern science in both developed and developing countries. Surely you’re up to date with the latest food innovations and you’re probably already eating bugs for breakfast? No?! Well, it’s time to wake up and smell the protein-packed cockroach.

Consuming bugs, flies and beetles is no longer reserved for your trip to the Asian jungle. More and more (food)designers, like Búi Bjarmar Aðalsteinsson ,  are experimenting with these small animals. On a quest to find new ecological food sources for the Western world, he has created a Fly Factory that breeds insect larvae of the black soldier flies for human consumption.  The Fly Factory is a food-production concept that makes a snack out of the larvae.

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“They taste like chicken,” Búi Bjarmar Aðalsteinsson says. “There is no distinct taste. It depends on how you spice them and how you prepare them.” His favourite insect recipe is “the coconut-chocolate larvae dessert I just tried out,” he adds. “The kids love it.”

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