Thursday, May 26, 2011 When Cicadas Get Sauteed
In case you've missed it, the cicada are back. It's not even June yet and I'm already tired of the bugs dive-bombing me while jogging and splattering all over my car.
The other night at the library, I noticed a family collecting the little bugs and putting them into plastic bags. I was curious as to why they'd collect them and it appears I may have an answer. Apparently, there are some people who enjoy eating the bugs.
There's a whole article about it in this morning's Tennessean and a Nashville couple has even created a YouTube video in which they detail the capture, cooking and eating of a cicada. The article gives tips on eating them, including when to harvest the creatures and the preparations one should make before you eat one.
All I can say is the YouTube video seems to involve a healthy amount of tequila being consumed before said cicada is sauteed and eaten. I have to admit that'd be the only way I'd probably eat one. I guess I'm not an adventurous enough eater!
I did try frog legs once at my Grandpa's urging, but that is probably about as adventurous as I'm willing to go. Honestly, I can't help but think of the dinner scenes from Temple of Doom when I hear about people eating bugs....