Would You Eat a Cricket?

I asked this to a coworker the other day after I read this article. She looked at me and laughed–nay, she guffawed.

“No way!” she said. “Gross!”

“What if it didn’t look like a cricket?” I said.

“How so?”

“What if it was chopped up and molded into a new shape, something tasteful and elegant. Would you eat it if it looked like a donut hole, even if you knew it was a cricket?”

She pondered this for a minute. “If it’s deep-fried, I’ll eat anything.”

ento-change-gen-inline-2Case in point: The article I referred to above is about an interesting startup in England called Ento that is trying to turn insects into the next sushi. That is, they’re trying to take something with a  perception problem and turn it into a stylish, acceptable food.

When I saw the headline for the article, I had my doubts. But after looking at the photos (one of which is posted here), I genuinely want to try these dishes. I’ve always heard that insects are a great source of protein. Most of the protein I currently consume is processed anyway. Chickens don’t come in the form of nuggets; turkeys don’t look like deli meat; burger patties don’t fall off of cows’ backs. I try to eat natural, organic meat, but it’s hard to avoid meat that isn’t reshaped and repurposed in some way.

So why not do the same to insects? They’re significantly more sustainable than mammal produce, and they provide more protein per ounce than meat. As long as crickets don’t look like crickets, they might actually taste good.

What do you think? Would you eat a cricket?