Eat Insects!

More than 2 billion people already do

Let us guide you – it’s good for you and the planet!

Why Eat Insects?

Edible insects are healthy, nutritious alternatives to mainstream staples such as chicken, pork, beef and even fish! What’s more, they have a much smaller ecological footprint than livestock. That means eating insects is good for you and the planet!

The practice of eating insects is known as entomophagy. Entomophagy is heavily influenced by cultural  practices and 2,100 insect species are commonly consumed as a food source in many regions of the world.

How To Become An Insect Gourmet

Replacing meat and switching to an insect-based diet is not that difficult. Instead of trying to cut meat products out of your diet, crowd them out. Constantly seek out new edible insects or try processed products such as insect protein powders or insect snacks and try experiment with new insect recipes. Read reliable material on insect nutrition to make sure your diet is properly planned.

bowl with edible insects

Cooking With Edible Insects: Basic Recipes

Read our introductory recipes to insect food and you’ll never be at a loss over what to eat. Our insect store covers it all: whole insects, snacks, protein powders & condiments, supplements. And of course lots of books.

nigiri with edible insects

Nutritional Values of Insect Food

Insects are an excellent nutritional food source with regard to fat and protein, and they have been found to be a rich source of vitamins and minerals, especially iron and zinc

Best Selling Insect Cookbooks

Browsing through a few cookbooks is a perfect way of getting started with your new culinary adventure. We have compiled a selection for you:

Featuring 40 one-of-a-kind recipes to cook crickets, grasshoppers, ants, water bugs, spiders, centipedes, and more

The book's 55 accessible recipes take their inspiration from cuisines around the word using whole and ground insects.

This book takes a holistic look at the subject, along-side stories from the field, tasting notes, and recipes by the Nordic Food Lab

Your introduction to the delicious and nutritious world of entomophagy, filled with more than 75 insect related recipes

The Facts About Edible Insects

Globally, the most common insects consumed are beetles. The consumption of caterpillars is especially popular in sub-Saharan Africa. Bees, wasps and ants come in third and eating them is common in Latin America.

Insects Are Health Food!

Generally, insect meat is rich in amino acids, fats, sugars, and has a high concentration of vitamins B and K (wasps have a much higher concentration of vitamins than some fruits). Many insects have a very high content of fats and proteins that is several times higher than in chicken meat – butterflies, beetles and even ordinary flies are 70-80 percent protein.

Edible insects can essentially be viewed as an animal-source food – like meat, fish, eggs and milk – which can contribute valuable protein, fat and important micronutrients to humans as a part of a varied diet.

Edible Insects Are Good For You And The Planet

NUTRITIOUS

Crickets have
  • More iron than spinach
  • More calcium than milk
  • 2x the protein than beef
  • More B12 than salmon or beef
  • 9x more omegas than wild salmon

SUSTAINABLE

Crickets vs beef
  • Grow 13x faster
  • Drink 2000x less water
  • Consume 12x less feed
  • Require 2000x less land
  • Emit 100x less greenhouse gases

Best Selling Insect Protein Powders

Experimenting with protein powders is a perfect way of getting started with your new culinary adventure. We have compiled a selection for you:

Evolution Ranch Cricket Protein Powder | 1 Pound Bag is 30 Servings. Cricket Powder can be added to just about anything you cook or eat. Soups, Salads, Stews, Wraps

Bud’s Cricket Protein Powder with zero fillers or other ingredients. 100% Pure Cricket Powder, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, High Protein Flour Substitute

Cricketerra's crickets are raised on FDA-registered farms and fed a diet of vegetables in hygienic conditions. Cricketerra cricket powder is 100% pure crickets

Cricket Flour: 100% Pure Cricket Powder 454gram (Made from North American Roasted Crickets) Great High Protein Option for Shakes, Baking, and Recipes.

There Are 2100 Edible Insect Species

Guide to Edible Insect Species

If you are thinking of moving towards including insect with your diet try to keep things easy. Start by looking for insect foods you enjoy that are readily available, and can be prepared with minimal time and effort. Then, if you feel more adventurous, try out new species and experiment with new recipes.

 

Best Selling Edible Insects

Checking out several of the many offerings available online is a perfect way of getting started with your new culinary adventure. We have compiled a selection for you:

This 1-ounce bag of cooked, salted & dehydrated mixed bugs contains Grasshoppers, Crickets, Silk Worms and Sago Worms.

Edible insects mixed 0.8 ounce can of edible bugs, crickets and grasshoppers. Orthoptera Mix. Cooked &dehydrated wit a light dusting of salt

All insects are 100% cooked and ready to eat. This 5-pack set includes silk worms, grasshoppers, small crickets, black crickets, large crickets and mole crickets.

Hiso Crispy Bamboo Worms Thai snack. 25 gram can of high protein roasted insects. Oil free. Delicious, clean, safe, GMP and FDA Certification.

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