Locusts as food
Frederick J. Peabody
fpeabody at SUNFLOWR.USD.EDU
Thu Nov 16 17:32:15 CST 1995
Yes, this thread may get tedious, and I may be "expunged" for fostering
In Bereshith Raba 67.2, and in Pliny Nat. Hist. VI: 35, and VII: 2
locusts were esteemed as a dainty to adorn the king's table. The Talmud
specifies "clean" and "unclean" locusts. At the turn of the 20th century
Bedouins in the Palestine region were eating locusts raw or roasted.
Assyrian illustrations show people carrying pomegranates and locusts
on large skewers. According to research carried out in Jerusalem, the
desert locust consists of 75% proteins, 3.4% fats, 7.5% carbohydrates,
and 1.75 milligrams riboflavin and 7.5 milligrams nicotinic acid in each
100 grams. According to another study this species is also rich in many
minerals, especially in iron, calcium, and sulphur.
Personally, I have no interest in eating locusts, or any other insect for
that matter. I have consumed carob and would prefer the pseudo-chocolate
warm drink of hot carob any day.
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