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Bugs for tea

Insects are on the menu, and not just for Halloween.

Creepy crawlies have been found to be a good source of protein, low in fat, cheap and even a cure for many illnesses.

China actually has cockroach farms to produce this cheap food source that is believed to hold many medicinal properties.

Liu Yusheng, a professor at the Shandong Agricultural university and the head of Shandong province’s Insect Association, told The Telegraph newspaper: “They really are a miracle drug. They can cure a number of ailments and they work much faster than other medicine.”

In fact, one farmer, Xiao Zhongwu, makes around £30,000 a year selling his cockroaches to pharmaceutical companies.

Other insects that can be safely eaten include crickets, bee larvae, rootworm beetles, mealworms, grasshoppers, ant larvae and tarantulas.

Recipes that have been suggested by The Telegraph include insect cookies, bug fried rice, creepy crawly kebabs and a beetle dip.

Anyone trying these recipes has been advised to buy them from proper stores, rather than just picking them up in the garden.

I am not quite sure why I would choose to eat a biscuit with crickets in when I could have one containing good old-fashioned chocolate chips instead. It all sounds like a bad Bushtucker trial to me.

However, insects could possibly provide an environmentally-friendly and cheap solution to some of the world’s hunger problems according to Daniella Martin, a blogger and host of American cooking/travel show Girl Meets Bug.

She says: “Most people in our culture consider insects simply to be pests. But when you consider the logic of bugs as food, from an ecological, financial, and global perspective, they start to seem a lot more palatable.”

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