They’re similar to crickets, but grasshoppers have a shorter antenna and are more active during the day. Most commonly found and consumed in areas with grasslands, the writers of the U.N. report maintain that the critters are simple to cook, and especially tasty when roasted and seasoned with onion, garlic, chili or soy sauce. Their nutritional content makes them a hearty snack or addition to most meals.
And if the idea of finding, cleaning, and handling grasshoppers makes you nervous, designer Mansour Ourasanah has created a product called Lepsis, a trendy food dehydrator type of device that grows and dispatches grasshoppers for your plate and was featured in the July issue of Wired “Insects were a great source of protein, so on days when we didn’t have enough to eat at home, scavenging for grasshoppers and crickets was a strategy we could always rely on, and nature never failed to deliver,” Ourasanah, who is originally from the African nation of Togo, told Wired. Watch the video of his grasshopper-eating tips here.
Protein: 20.6 grams
Fat: 6.1 grams
Carbohydrates: 3.9 grams
The protein content in grasshoppers comes pretty close to that of a similar-sized serving of chicken breast, but with a bit more fat.
Chicken breast, roasted (100 grams)
Protein: 31.02 grams
Fat: 3.57 grams
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