Eat bugs? Yes! So, what are the most commonly eaten insects in the world, you might ask?
Eating insects is known as entomophagy. Sounds like only a few people would do this, but no.
More than 1900 edible insect species are eaten by about 2 billion people around the world.
While the trend is growing, some countries still view this type of food in a negative way.
Time will tell.
Most Commonly Eaten Insects
The most common edible insect groups around the world are listed below .
- beetles (Coleoptera),
- caterpillars (Lepidoptera) and bees,
- wasps and ants (Hymenoptera),
- grasshoppers, locusts and crickets (Orthoptera),
- cicadas, leafhoppers, planthoppers,
- scale insects and true bugs (Hemiptera),
- termites (Isoptera),
- dragonflies (Odonata) and flies (Diptera).
While some peoples and cultures still do not choose to add insects to their daily meals, many do. It is amazing how many people choose to munch on fried dragonflies or grasshoppers. It is a serious food source.
I have heard that ants deliver a slight crunchy, yet nutty flavor.
Many insects also have the potential to deliver a significant amount of protein to a consumer’s daily diet too.
Nutrition of Eating Insects
Eating insects can be a good way to ingest a good source of protein as well as needed vitamins and minerals . Some types of edible insect species are sustainable, in large supply and environmentally friendly.
Sounds like a win – win.
Different food cultures handle insects differently. But, one thing is for sure, one of these most commonly eaten insects, is a delicacy that could be headed your way sooner than you think.
Ever try sauteed beetles, fried caterpillars, locusts or crickets? Me either, but it may be worth a try.
Before you know it, there may be an insect farm near you too.