According to foreign media reports, trillions of Brood X cicadas appeared for the first time after spending most of their lives underground. They are now present in 15 states in the United States and Washington, DC. Due to a large-scale mating season, some people turn to pest control. But there is another-more natural-way to control this kind of insect infestation. That is to cook them and eat them.
However, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urges those who are allergic to seafood to be cautious, “because these insects share a family relationship with shrimp and lobster.”
Jessica Fanzo, a sustainable food expert at Johns Hopkins University, said in a statement that for some people, cicada eating is really disgusting, but people looking for other sources of animal protein should not exclude cicadas. “Once you stop looking at them, they are really delicious.”
Searching for “cicada recipes” on Google will find several ways to cook different types of cicadas, from putting cicadas on pizza to sandwiching them in bread to make crispy and meaty sandwiches. On Twitter, people are also talking about these unusual food ideas. Chef Joseph Yoon shared the different ways of cicada cooking through his Instagram and Twitter account Brooklyn Bugs.
Experts say that people are best to eat cicada pupae after they have crawled out of their cocoons, when they are still soft. Take a paper bag and pack them outside. , And then cook them immediately or put them in the refrigerator or freezer for a while.
Let’s take a look at some recipes shared on the Internet:
Cicada pupa spring salad
Cicada Pupa Spicy Guacamole
Cicada with kimchi
Cicada pupa chocolate wrapped in 24K gold foil
Ramen made with cicada
Pizza made with cicadas