Ever thought about sharing a snack with your pet iguana or other lizards? Perhaps not. But plenty of people in Australia just might thanks to etymologist Skye Blackburn who is now breeding edible bugs and selling them as “special treats” for corporate affairs and kids’ parties.”
Blackburn, who runs The Green Scorpion and bug shop, an online store based in Sydney, now offers such delights as lollipops with bugs in the middle, choc-chip mealworm cookies, frozen bugs, roasted bugs and a variety of chocolate-covered insects for consumption and collection.
“We were doing a pet and animal expo, and needed a good promotional item to get people to come over to the stall. So we started making the lollipops and they were really successful,” she said, adding that they sold lots of “treats” for Father’s Day.
Blackburn reports that the shop now boasts sales of more than 1,000 lollipops a week and that she has about 100 regular customers who buy raw insects to use as part of their daily diet, including doctors, lawyers, and even university professors, etc.
“You would use them like you would use meat really,” said Blackburn, adding that mealworms have a nutty mild flavor and are a little bit more crunchy than crickets. In fact, if you put crickets into a hot dish, like a stir fry or a curry, they do absorb the flavor a little bit better than the mealworm.”
She also added that “crickets are high in calcium, termites are high in iron and silk worms have special amino acid and good fats in them, while tarantula and water bugs mainly have protein factor, as well as being low in fat.”
Curious readers can try a trial pack for $19.64. The bugs can be bought by the 100 grams or in kilogram lots.
To learn more about The Green Scorpion and bug shop go online to http://www.thegreenscorpion.com.au/welcome.toy