Why Crickets are so good for us?
There are a number of benefits to eating crickets. And yes, they are delicious!
Crickets are a highly nutritious and healthy food source with high protein, vitamin, good fat, iron, fiber and mineral content. They are way more easier and environmentally friendly to produce than other animal proteins such as beef, pork or chicken, and provide food at low environmental cost.
BUGG’s Cricket products range consists of super delicious ready-to-eat Cricket Snacks with many flavour options, and ready-to-cook, protein rich Cricket Powder to give an extra protein and nutritional kick for cooking, baking and smoothies.SHOP BUGG'S
What does Crickets taste like?
The first thing many people say is that they taste like a nut. Chefs and more refined folk say that they have a nutty umani flavor to them. Most people are surprised by the fact that they like the taste and many customers buy them in bulk because they like them so much.
Crickets have a uniquely nutty, slightly smoky essence, with just a hint of astringency on the back of the palate. It’s a very pleasant umami flavor which with deepens with roasting. Crickets are just delicious, both as BUGG’S natural snacks and cricket powder and in various flavoured tastes.
BUGG’S Ready to eat Cricket snacks are available in 5 different flavors: Natural Original, Sea Salt, Bacon & Mustard, Lime & Chilli, and Sour Cream & Onion. And as a natural Cricket Powder.SHOP BUGG'S
How crickets could help save the planet?
The world’s population has reached 8 billion, and estimates suggest we’ll have a whopping 9 billion mouths to feed by 2050.
Unless we all stick to salads, the global production of meat will need to double in that time to feed our growing population, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations (FAO). Feed and crop production will also have to increase in kind to support livestock and our own appetites, inevitably taking up more land space and water — precious and dwindling commodities required for cattle.
Yet this seemingly large food security problem may have a bite-sized solution: insects.
In a 2013 report, the FAO suggested our current farming and food production practices are unsustainable — but that edible insects are a viable, untapped resource that could help meet the food and water demands of the world’s ever-expanding population. And it’s really no wonder: Insects are highly nutritious, and also far more environmentally friendly to raise than conventional livestock. Compared with cows, pigs, or chickens, crickets require a fraction of the land, water, and food, and produce less greenhouse gases and ammonia. (NBC News)
What can you make with Cricket Powder?
Cricket powder, due to its neutral flavour, is actually meant to be put into lots of different recipes. Mix it with baking flour and you can increase the protein in your bread or baked goods. Mix it in your salad dressing to boost nutrition. Mix it in your breakfast shakes and smoothies for extra energy.
Essentially, a spoonful of cricket flour can be worked into just about any recipe you’d like to add a protein boost to -from smoothie bowls to pasta sauces, pancakes, tacos, salads, woks, omelette, porridge, soups… Just name it and test it!