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Published on September 14th, 2013 | by Mary Gerush


What Kind Of Wine Goes With Crickets? We’re Eating Bugs!

Eating Bugs

What is it with all this talk about eating bugs?

This time it’s the folks from REAL School Gardens, an organization that builds “learning gardens” in schools in low-income areas and coaches teachers, so they know how to use them as a means to engage students and improve academic outcomes. They bugged me with an email touting the benefits of eating bugs and how they’ll be “Buggin’ Out” in Dallas on North Texas Giving Day, Thursday, September 19th.

We’ve written about eating bugs, and one of our sister sites shared a review of The Eat-A-Bug Cookbook. But I just had to share a few of the new bug facts I learned from REAL School Gardens’ post about insect cuisine.

How Nutritious Are Those Crickets?

I learned that 100 grams or 3.5 ounces of cricket contains:

  • 121 calories, 49.5 of which come from fat
  • 12.9 grams of protein (more than in 8 ounces of yogurt — adults need 46 to 56 grams a day)
  • 5.5 grams of fat
  • 5.1 grams of carbs
  • 9.5 milligrams of iron (that’s almost all of the 10 milligrams most adults need daily!)
  • 75.8 milligrams of calcium
  • 185.3 milligrams of phosphorous, 0.36 milligrams of thiamin, 1.09 milligrams of riboflavin, and 3.10 milligrams of niacin

What Bugs Can I Eat?

Not every bug is edible, but more than 1,400 species have been confirmed as safe to eat. REAL School Gardens taught me the rule of thumb for assessing insect edibility is: “Black, green, or brown — wolf it down. Red, orange, or yellow — forget this fellow.” Tasty bugs want to be camouflaged. Good to know.

What Wine Should I Drink With That Bug?

My favorite new nuggets of information from REAL School Gardens:

According to WineSpectator, tarantulas should be paired with a buttery Chardonnay, and crickets go with Pinot Noir.  Grubs need a Shiraz or a Cabernet Sauvignon to match their more “robust” taste.

My maiden name is Grubbs, and I drink red wine. We do pair well. Right on!

How To Participate And Support REAL School Gardens

As part of the North Texas Giving Day fundraiser, REAL School Gardens’ Regional Director will be eating bugs — one for every $1,000 raised. So if you’re in the area, stop by the Communities Foundation of Texas office at 5500 Caruth Haven Lane to donate and nosh on a “choc-chirp cookie” — made with crickets — between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Hundreds of non-profits are participating, and the day will be chock full of performances, with food available for purchase. Here is the event schedule.

If you’re not in the area, considering donating to this worthy cause to help our younger generation learn about growing food! You can donate online beginning September 19th at 7:00 a.m.

Would you eat a bug? Which ones could you choke down? Crickets? Roaches? Ants? Let us know!

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About the Author

Hi all! I'm Mary Gerush - a recovering corporate worker bee turned good-farm-real-food advocate and writer who wants to help people understand what they're eating. I tend a tiny urban farm in Dallas, TX, and hope to scale up one day soon. Omnivore through-and-through, there's not much I love to eat more than a butter-basted grass fed steak fresh from a searing hot cast iron skillet. Follow me on , , and !

7 Responses to What Kind Of Wine Goes With Crickets? We’re Eating Bugs!

  1. Ann says:

    Mary Grubbs–your taste is very robust! Have you tried eating bugs? How many crickets is a serving size? 3.5 oz sounds like a bunch.

    • Mary Gerush says:

      Do they call it a “bunch of crickets”? (Like a “gaggle of geese?) 3.5 oz or less sounds like a bunch to me! I just learned of some chocolate-tasting cricket bars. I couldn’t do it!

  2. World Ento says:

    Hey Ann – a usual serving size goes from 50 grams to about 100 grams.

    If anyone else has a similar project or charity drive in mind, please reach out to us at – we provided all the insects for the amazing REAL School Gardens

  3. “green black or brown, wolf it down” is OK lots of times, but NOT always! There’s a black blister beetle that has coma attributed to eating it, and the green and brown saddleback moth caterpillar has stinging spines that can make one’s throat swell to the point of suffocation. Know your bugs, first!

  4. Little Herds says:

    We’ll have to have a public bug&wine-tasting event in Austin soon, so we can see if WineSpectator’s suggestions hold true!

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