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Eating Locusts Seems Little Different From Eating Raw Fish

I saw a feature today about people who eat locusts in Nigeria. They call the locusts “desert shrimp.”   

I believe I would eat locusts if we had an insect restaurant in Houston. I don’t see how locusts are any yuckier than snails or raw fish and I have eaten those things.

This is something of a throw-away post and I apologize for the lack of original content. I’m busy though and my feeling is that you run the blog or the blog runs you.   

January 17, 2007 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. A throw-away post? Nay! We must get over the stigma of eating insects. Why do we eat other members of Athropoda (most notably shrimp) but not insects? Why are certain inverterbrates considered “Fear Factor” fodder and others are overpriced commodities?

    I tell you what, mussels are considered delicacies right? I recently went to Carabba’s and had the linguini pescatore which contains mussels, scallops, and shrimp (and therefore violating about a dozen Biblical dietary laws, it’s a good thing being under Grace and not under Law, eh? ). Two members of Mollusca (the scallop and the mussel) and one of Athropoda (shrimp).

    Enjoyed the scallops and the shrimp, the mussels though I hard time with. First you have to unattach it from its shell then bite into it and taste the mussel and also the thing’ss last meal. More often than not, there will be a generous amount of dirt inside the mussel, them being filter feeders and all, and don’t get me started on oysters, disgusting creatures…

    What I’m trying to say is I would probably try the locust too…

    Comment by Laz | January 17, 2007

  2. I see a clear difference between eating locusts (plural: Locaii? Maybe not) and raw fish. When most people eat raw fish it is dissected first and we eat only the muscle fleshy bits and leave the plumbing bits to the seagulls. Most people do the same for shrimp as prawns as well.

    Of course, the hole in the argument is in the snails and shellfish. Hmmmm. I wonder if you soak locusts in garlic butter it softens the wings…

    Comment by Sam | January 18, 2007

  3. I was just watching a show on natgeo that show people in danger of starving because of locusts. And then showed swarms of trillions of them flying around. This seems like a blessing from God to the people in those areas where they swarm. What a great natural resource! Food that comes flying to you. I would love to commercialize that!!!
    Human food and for the chickens.

    Comment by Leo | March 22, 2009

  4. Something else: they’re using huge amounts of Dursban to try to control them. They’re killing all kinds of insects.
    Famous people should publicly relish eating locusts to help it catch on to produce a demand.

    Comment by Leo | March 22, 2009

  5. How do you get the meat out of the locust – you must have to remove the wings, head and guts etc from it first to get at the meat.

    Comment by Matthew Bourton | August 5, 2009

  6. How do you eat one of these critters?

    We dissected some pretty big grasshoppers in science class, quite Nasty.

    Comment by GenoS | March 9, 2010

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