Insect eating: The ultimate guide to eating crickets

When you hear about eating insects most people gross out. However, Insects are concidered a delicacy in many parts of the world. Most of the insects eaten are farm grown but in some places, they don' shy away from eating insects collected from the wild.

Eating insects is concidered:

Which insects do people eat

There are more than 2000 edible insects in the world according to Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands. The most commonly consumed insects are:

Percentage of the total nunber of insects consumed(Van huis et al. 2013)

Insect Consumption percentage
beetles 31%
caterpillars 18%
bees wasps and ants 14%
grasshoppers, locusts and crickets 13%
leafhoppers, cicadas, planthoppers & true bugs 10%
Termites 3%
Dragonflies 3%
Flies 2%
Others Others: 6%

Which stage in the life cycle are insects consumed

Insects are consumed at different stages of their life cycles. Some of them are:

Insect Stage consumed
Beetles Adult or Larva
butterflies and Moths Worms
Bees and wasps Eggs, larvaes or pupaes
Ants Larvae and pupae
Crickets, grasshoppers and locusts Nymph or adult
Termite Winged adults

How are insects consumed(eaten)

These insects are either:

  1. eaten whole: they are dry-roasted, baked, deep-fried or boiled.
  2. turned/ processed into flour, protein bars or energy bars. The most common insect used to make flour, protein bars and energy bars is crickets.

Interesting fact: Eating insects as food is called entomophagy.

I want to start eating insects where do I start.

Crickets have no so they acquire the flavor of whatever they are mixed with.

Great! I like your enthusiasm. There are 3 ways you can consume insects:

As whole

You would need to find out if there is a local restaurant in your area offering bugs in their menu. Eating insect is not yet mainstream so expect this as finding a needle in a haystack.

Protein bars

Since most people have never tasted cricket protein bars, companies offer a starter pack of about 4 flavours. That way if you like one or more flavour, you get to order more of that. You don't get stuck with protein bars you are going to trash.

Concider ordering sample packs from. Most companies sell them so that you can get to taste their products and choose the one you like.

I have prepared a short list of sample packs you can test out. Brand Flavours included Amazon Cmpany's web store

Cricket flour

If you love cooking, you can experiment with some cricket flour in your own recipes or try out other cricket recipes.

You can add the flour to your own recipes to add the nutritional value. Include link with recipes containing cricket flour.

This editor/ writer tasted some cricket bars and wrote a review about it.

energy bars The brands, products, product type and their flavours- A table

- Sampler 4-Pack Sold Out Chapul Cricket Flour Protein | 100% Pure Cricket Powder Sold Out | Chocolate | 1lb $35.00 | Vanilla | 1lb
Brands Product type Flavours View on manufacturer website View on Amazon
Chapul Protein Powder Shake (1lb) Chocolate
Chapul Protein Powder Shake (1lb) Vanilla
Chapul Cricket Bars (sampler)
Chapul Cricket Protein Powder Chocolate
Chapul Cricket Protein Powder Vanilla
Insect protein bars Locally made insects recipes. Insect based food products for human and animal consumption. Insect based food products for human consumption. Insect based food products for animal consumption.

Where are insects eaten mostly.[countries].

Table of insects consumption by continents

Continent No. of countries consuming insects
Africa 23
America 29
Asia 29
Europe 11

The top 9 countries that are known for insect consumption are:

  1. Thailand
  2. Mexico
  3. Brazil
  4. Ghana
  5. China
  6. Netherlands
  7. USA
  8. Australia
  9. Japan
How to try some of these new diets. Insect protein bars Exo Apple pie bar Chili chocolate bar Protein and energy bars with cricket flour Buy a sample pack Most companies offer sample packs that contains different flavours :