Forest shield bugs (aka stink bugs) have a unique, very strong flavor & aroma. In Thailand they’re traditionally used as a flavoring for spicy salads (combined with garlic, chile, and Thai herbs). While fresh shield bugs are typically pulped for use, dried shield bugs can be simply ground. They can also be eaten whole.
These shield bugs have been wild caught in northeast Thailand. They are then washed, pressure cooked, dehydrated, and packed 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 shellfish, you might also be allergic to these close cousins.