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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