Source: AgriLife Today
Attendees at the recent Insecta Fiesta event at the San Antonio Garden Center were treated to a unique culinary experience in the form of a four-course Indian/Latin fusion meal made with insects and insect-based ingredients.
“About 80 percent of all cultures in the world use insects in their diet, so it’s not that unusual,” said Molly Keck, entomologist. “But we’re not comfortable as yet with having insects as part of the American diet, so it’s going to take some getting used to.” Keck said entomophagy, or the eating of insects, is likely to become even more acceptable globally as the world population grows and there is less food security.
Experts from AgriLife Extension and the agency’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, with direction and input from local chefs, planned, prepared and served the evening meal to more than 70 attendees. About 20 members of 4-H clubs from Bexar County, including the 4-H entomology special interest club, assisted with food preparation and service.
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