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Elle Jauffret


Insects on the Menu

My fascination with food started at a young age and sampling as many foreign dishes as possible when travelling has always been one of my goals ("discover, do not judge, and learn" is one of my family mottos).  So when I was given the possibility to try insects, I couldn’t refuse (granted—I agreed after an initial gag).  This was far from the infamous Kali cultists’ dinner of “Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom”, but the movie came to mind :) 

Eating insects (called “entomophagy”) is considered a smart, nutritional, and sustainable choice. Not only insects are said to be high in protein, but their production is also a great alternative to meat and leaves only a tiny carbon footprint.

We forwent the "cricket burger" but ordered the “taco with silkworms,” the “maple and soya entono-mix” (a mix of crickets, ants, silkworms, and termites cooked in maple syrup and soy sauce),  the rice "crispy square with whole crickets", the "lemonade with ants", and the "soft ice cream cone dipped in termite chocolate" (they were out of termites so we went with ants). The taco was delicious and had a light curry sauce (the silkworms tasted like chicken), the entomo-mix and rice crispy square were sweet, between chewy and crunchy, but not unpleasant, the lemonade (and its floating ants) was a bit unappealing (I probably would have obtained the same result leaving my lemonade on the grass for a hour). In both the lemonade and the ice cream, the ants felt like sharp pieces of metal in my mouth. In conclusion, when it comes to taste, insect-eating is not a thumb up or a thumb down, but more like a "meh."

I have to thank the Montréal Insectarium (Montréal's natural history museum and the largest insect museum in North America) for this experience.

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