Welcome to another edition of Weird Niche Wednesday.
I promised you that December would be a month of weird foods. That certainly wouldn't be complete without today's Weird Niche.
BUGS. Yummy, delicious, tasty, crunchy, salty bugs.
Have you been craving some of these tasty treats?
If so, you're in luck! They're all in these handy-dandy cookbooks!
Cookbooks with Edible Insect Recipes
Who can resist? 😉 Christmas is coming. Start collecting critters now to create a new family-favorite. I'm thinking they'd go GREAT with oysters. (I'm turning green…)
Just in case your insect cuisine gets boring, here's yet another insect recipe collection.
Actually the book above is more of an archeological look at insect-eating in various cultures. See?
From Scientific American- Entomophagy, the eating of insects, is not for every palate, but a surprising number of people do it. Menzel and D'Aluisio, husband and wife, have visited insect eaters in 13 countries, sampling the menu at each stop. “Our view of the culinary potential of invertebrates broadened as we ate raw scorpion in China, roasted grubs in Australia, stir-fried dragonflies in Indonesia, tarantulas on a stick in Cambodia, and live termites in Botswana,” they write. “Perhaps the most memorable meal was Theraposa leblondi, a tarantula big enough to hunt birds, which we ate with Yanomami Indians in the Venezuelan rain forest.” Adventurous readers will find recipes for such delicacies as Witchetty Grub Dip and Stink Bug Pâté.
It sounds like a cool book for Teachers. 🙂
Onward with silliness…
Of course, for those out there who aren't in the mood to cook, this is for you. YUM YUM! Edible Insects on the go.
Tasty Crickets for Snacking
Perfect for gift-giving this holiday season. (Ladies, these are just the right size for stashing in your purse for when you just need a light snack.)
And, if that's not enough details for you, here's a cricket, broken down into it's parts.
“Can I please have a drumstick and a side of potatoes? No. Wait. Make that two drumsticks. I skipped breakfast.'
Now, I'm a marketer, not a Biologist, so I'm not sure if these qualify as “insects” or if I need to create a separate “worm” post for them. God, help me. lol!
But, here are some tasty larva treats. (Not something I ever thought I'd write on this blog. “Tasty larva treats?” Yowza.)
And, of course, a crunchy Scorpion. Now, i can see this. You find one in your shoe and fling it across the room. It lands in a fry daddy or a fondue pot and you just go “Oh to heck with it. Grab me some vodka to wash it down with. How bad can it really be?” I'm down with that. But, it would have to be an accident for me to get involved — and there would have to be vodka, too, and lots of it, I'm thinking.
More Edible Insects than You Can Shake a Stick At
How can you apply this idea to your business? I have NO flipping idea. But, guess what? I found more edible insect stores, so this may just be a profitable niche. Yay!
Check them out if you dare…
- Huge Selection of Edible Bugs, Including Scorpion Vodka. (How thoughtful to save me a step!)
- Bug Candy.
How to Make Chocolate Covered Insects at Home
If you'd like to make Chocolate Covered Insects at Home along with your other Christmas goodies, I've got you covered.
Here's an article that explains how:
Have a great night. And, be sure to leave your comments below. I'd love to read them all. 🙂
PS. Of course, if you want to find a profitable (and less gross) niche than this one, I recommend: