Fancy a Bug Mac? British farm launches WORM citizens in an effort to save the planet – and the maker claims they are tastier than beef
- The insects provide an environmentally friendly, sustainable protein source
- They are grown in plastic containers and then moved to purpose-built outbuildings
- They would have a & # 39; nutty to earthy taste & # 39; to have
If you found a bug in your hamburger in a restaurant, you would probably send it back.
But one British farm serves juicy snacks made entirely from creepy jitters – and claims they are even tastier than beef.
A city farm in Ealing, London, puts insects on your plate in an effort to promote a more environmentally friendly, sustainable protein source.
An ecological and nutritious alternative to meat, edible insects are high in protein, omega 3 and vitamin B12 – as well as low in calories.
An ecological and nutritious alternative to meat, edible insects are high in protein, omega 3 and vitamin B12 – as well as low in calories
Experimental chef Tiziana Di Costanzo is the founder of Horizon edible insects, where she processes mealworms and crickets.
She says the insects have a & # 39; nutty to earthy taste & # 39 ;.
Tiziana claims that she could only produce enough insects with bran and vegetable skins to feed her family of four.
She said: "Have them crawl into your menu and you will become addicted!
"Once you've passed the & # 39; yuck effect & # 39; you'll find that they actually taste really good.
"We hope to scale up the operation in the coming 6 months to a production of 100 kg per week, all without waste."
Experimental chef Tiziana Di Costanzo, who breeds mealworms and crickets, says the insects have a & # 39; nutty to earthy taste & # 39;
The insects are grown in plastic trays and when they outgrow them, they are moved to a specially built wooden outbuilding – and all without waste
The insects are grown in plastic trays and when they outgrow them, they are moved to a purpose-built wooden outbuilding – and all without waste.
Mealworms, for example, do not need water to survive, so growing them is an aid to the planet's water crisis.
The farm also uses donated fruit and vegetables that cannot be sold as food.
The farm also organizes a cooking event at the end of the month, where the servants try to learn how to prepare a cornbread bruschetta, garnished with crickets, curry and coriander mealworm fritters, a mealworm burger, crispy chocolate mealworm cupcakes and cinnamon and raisin insect cookies .
Are insects a good source of protein?
Insects contain more than twice as many proteins per 100 g as meat and fish, a fascinating image that reveals data from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
The most protein-rich insects were wasps, bees and ants, which contain between 13 g and 77 g of protein per 100 g, the image of Western Exterminator shows.
Real insects, such as aphids and pond skaters, contain between 48 and 74 grams, while crickets contain between 23 and 65 grams of protein.
Meanwhile, mackerel has a much lower protein content range per 100 g, with only 16 g to 28 g, while beef has even less from 19 g to 26 g.
Chicken contains 23 g per 100 g – the lowest number of crickets and beetles that can contain – while pork has 20 g.
Eggs contain the least at 13 g.
Even termites, which contain the lowest protein content of an insect, still have more proteins than any other type of meat, fish or egg.
The range of proteins depends on the species and at what stage of life you eat the insects, for example the pupa or larvae.
There are not only nutritional benefits for insects.
Many scientists have predicted that edible insects can be the answer to the looming food crisis in the world.
Experts have predicted that there will be a food shortage in 40 years, as the population is expected to increase by 30 percent to 9 billion people by the middle of the century.
That would require a 70 percent increase in the amount of food produced to meet demand.
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