Bug Bites — This is news? I didn’t say “Bugs bite,” though, I said, “Bug bites.” Meaning insects as food.
This may come as a surprise from Little Miss I-Won’t-Eat-That, but I have eaten bugs. To be sure, they were chocolate-covered ants, and chocolate converts almost anything from ick to yum.
Here are some bug bite facts:
- Insects are an important source of protein in many cultures, and have been since prehistoric times.
- Termites contain 44 percent fat and 36 percent protein and are said to taste something like pineapple.
- Some have suggested that stone tools were invented in order to break into termite mounds.
- The ancient Romans fattened grubs on flour.
- Locusts, beetles and grasshoppers are specifically mentioned in the Bible as permitted foods. In the New Testament, John the Baptist is said to have eaten locusts and wild honey, apparently a pretty healthy and hearty combination, and not the starvation rations I had always imagined.
- Seven-year locusts are considered a bountiful delicacy around here.
Watch your chickens when bugs are around, though–too much protein causes thin-shelled eggs, even eggs with only membrane and no shell at all.
So remember, if bugs get into your larder or invade your fields, bite ’em back!
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A character inadvertently or unwillingly eats a bug. Does he/she ever know it? Is he/she forced to or tricked into it, or is it a bet or a dare or a necessity or an accident or what?