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Cicadas Anyone?


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Cicadas Anyone?

CapeCodGuy | May 11, 2013 07:19 PM

My original tongue in cheek post was quickly deleted, so I'll try again. As many know, many here on the east coast are about to experience a once in 17 year phenomena, the emergence of billions of chicadas. I've personally witnessed this twice in my life, and the sheer volume of these bugs, that lay and eat underground for 17 years before emerging in mass to mate and die off, is astonishing. More interesting that that is the supposedly taste delicious. Now, I realize that the mere idea of eating insects in the US is repugnant. According to the article below, in some cultures insects make up 20% of people's diet. These critters are supposed to be very much like shrimp or lobster and can be quite delicious. After all, like shrimp, crab or lobster they are merely meaty exoskeletons. Here's an article called, "Cidadas, the Shrimp of the Land," that discusses the reality of eating these bugs, complete with links to recipes to anyone adventurous enough to give it a go. After all, if 1 billion shrimp fell into your back yard, wouldn't you eat a bunch of them? Anyone here every tried these?

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