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Gourmet grub! Cicadas have become the latest food trend, with chefs posting recipes for bacon-wrapped, Cajun-fried, and praline pests—so, would you be brave enough to eat them?


There are trillions of them in the US and they are known to produce an unpleasant buzz.

One way Americans have dealt with the «apocalyptic» influx of cicadas is by eating them.

The tiny insects — which are brown at first but darken as they mature — are low in fat, high in protein and taste «nutty,» according to those brave enough to try them.

Restaurants and home cooks alike use noisy insects in dishes like stir-fries and salads, wrapped in bacon, or just pan-fried with spices as a tasty snack.

Bill Broadbent, president of Maine-based edible insect company Entosense, said cicadas are «high in protein» and comparable to beef in terms of nutritional value.

Restaurants and home cooks are using the noisy insects in their dishes as they swarm across the US this spring. Pictured is a cicada salad served at the Audubon Insectarium in New Orleans, April 17, 2024

Cicadas are medium to large insects known for their stout bodies, bright wings and high-pitched buzzing.  Cicadas are pictured in Nashville, Tennessee on May 6, 2024

Cicadas are medium to large insects known for their stout bodies, bright wings and high-pitched buzzing. Cicadas are pictured in Nashville, Tennessee on May 6, 2024

What are cicadas?

Cicadas are medium to large insects known for their stout bodies, bright wings and high-pitched buzzing.

Scientists divide more than 3,000 species of cicadas into two groups – annual and periodic.

Annual cicadas appear every summer, but periodic cicadas only appear once every 13 or 17 years.

Shortly after the periodical cicada hatches from the egg, it burrows into the ground where it spends the first 13 or 17 years of its life.

When it emerges from the ground, it lives for only four to six weeks – just long enough to mate, fertilize or lay eggs and start the cycle all over again.

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«They contain healthy fats, are low in calories and carbohydrates and are a good source of antioxidants,» Broadbent told MailOnline.

«Insect protein is true animal protein and contains all the essential amino acids.»

In New Orleans, Bug Appétit, a restaurant at the city’s Audubon Insectarium, prepares dishes like cicada salad and roasted cicadas.

Zack Lemann, curator of the Insectarium’s animal collections, is legally authorized to serve wild-caught cicadas while he works to sort through sources for the bugs.

«Every culture has things that they like to eat and maybe things that are taboo or things that people just kind of turn their nose up at and frown upon,» Lemann said.

«And there’s no reason to do that with insects when you look at the nutritional value, the quality on the plate, the taste, the ecological benefits of harvesting insects instead of dealing with livestock.»

El Rey in Philadelphia has also used cicadas, chopped into salsa and stirred into potato soup to add a nutty flavor, while Bar Sótano in Chicago also plans to add cicadas to the menu.

But it’s not just professional chefs who use bugs in their cooking.

According to Smithsonian Magazine, a couple in South Carolina recently hosted a cicada dinner with the bugs wrapped in bacon, fried in Cajun spices, and even made out of pralines.

Jim Warner, former program director of food and nutrition at Ohio State University Medical Center, said home cooks should collect cicadas from wooded areas away from homes.

Would you like a cicada salad?  Monstrous little buggers have descended on the menu in New Orleans

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Zach Lemann, curator of animal collections for the Audubon Insectarium, fries cicadas for food at the insectarium in New Orleans, Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Zach Lemann, curator of animal collections for the Audubon Insectarium, fries cicadas for food at the insectarium in New Orleans, Wednesday, April 17, 2024

According to an expert, cicadas have a

According to an expert, cicadas have a «nutty flavor» and a nice crunch when sauteed in olive oil with a few spices, but they’re also good sauteed

«Avoid well-kept yards due to the potential for lawn chemicals and other contaminants that cicadas may have absorbed,» he said in a blog post.

“Watch as they climb a tree and begin to molt from their outer shell.

«When they’re out of the shell, pick them up gently, blanch them in boiling water for one minute, then put them in a ziplock bag and put them in the freezer before you’re ready to cook them.»

Warner adds that the beetles have a «nutty flavor» and a nice crunch when sauteed in olive oil with a few spices, but also well fried.

According to the US Food and Drug Administration, people who are allergic to shellfish should avoid eating cicadas because they are related to shrimp and lobster.

The two baby cicadas arriving in the spring of 2024 are expected to live approximately one month.  A period cicada is seen here amid empty cicada shells, Arlington, Virginia, May 2021

The two baby cicadas arriving in the spring of 2024 are expected to live approximately one month. A periodical cicada is seen here amid empty cicada shells, Arlington, Virginia, May 2021

According to the University of Connecticut, cicadas will be coming in the trillions in the Southeast and Midwest

According to the University of Connecticut, cicadas will be coming in the trillions in the Southeast and Midwest

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, people who are allergic to shellfish should avoid eating cicadas because they are related to shrimp and lobster.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, people who are allergic to shellfish should avoid eating cicadas because they are related to shrimp and lobster.

But Dr. Wade Syers, a food safety specialist at Michigan State University, warned that foraging for cicadas can pose potential health risks.

«There are a lot of different risks associated with it, and one of the problems we have is that there’s not a lot of research on how big those risks are,» said Dr. Syers to the Times.

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«If you just think about the life cycle of an insect and where it’s going to spend its time, we don’t know if that one… from the wild has been contaminated with bacteria.»

Scientists divide more than 3,000 species of cicadas into two groups – «annual» and «periodic», but it is the emergence of the latter group that is currently leading to the «cicada apocalypse».

Shortly after the periodical cicada hatches from the egg, it burrows into the ground where it spends the first 13 or 17 years of its life, depending on the species.

When it emerges from the ground, it lives for only four to six weeks – just long enough to mate, fertilize or lay eggs and start the cycle all over again.

In the US this spring, for the first time since 1803, 13-year-old and 17-year-old varieties appeared.

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That means more than a trillion insects swarm across 16 US states in May and June, causing a noisy buzz as the male tries to attract a female.

Cicada experts say the two North American variants of the species can produce alarming calls as loud as 105.9 decibels, or «as loud as a lawnmower.»

«Dual emergence is a one in two or three lifetime event,» said Dr. Gene Kritsky, professor, entomologist and cicada expert at Mount St. Joseph University.

«This has happened 12 times in 221 years, but this is the first time since 1803 that these cubs have appeared together.»



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