These large edible Asian forest scorpions (Heterometrus longimaus, aka black emperor scorpions) are one of the more imposing edible insects available. They are considered a delicacy in Southeast Asia & have an earthy, woody flavor.
Black scorpions have a tougher exoskeleton than many other insects, giving them a harder, crunchy texture. Because of this hard texture, they’re best used as a garnish or ground into powder for use as a protein/mineral supplement in recipes.
Black scorpions take years to grow to full size, so the scorpions in these packages can be either wild or farmed depending on availability. The farmed scorpions are raised for human consumption on a diet of crickets, worms, and other farm-raised insects.
Wild or farmed, these scorpions are then flash frozen, cleaned, boiled and then dehydrated before being packaged up for you to enjoy. All this processing takes place in a modern, FDA registered facility that is certified by the Thailand Food & Drug Administration.
Insects may be the food of the future. They’re nutritious, easy to farm, and use much fewer resources than conventional sources of protein like beef or soy.
Note: If you are allergic to crustaceans, you might also be allergic to these close cousins. Because dried insects are fragile, we can’t guarantee that scorpions will arrive whole.