Locusts (Locusta migratoria sp) are a large grasshopper variety infamous throughout history for their ability to form massive swarms that strip plant life in the area bare. Fortunately they’re also quite tasty and have also been considered a delicacy since ancient times in Africa, the Middle East, and parts of Asia. Locust consumption is recorded in the Bible, the Torah, and some Islamic texts as well.
Locusts taste similar to grasshoppers – nutty & grassy – but their texture is a little tougher & crunchier.
These edible locusts are farmed in China for human consumption on a diet of rye grass. They are then boiled, dehydrated & salted 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.