Five Little Speckled Frogs
Five little speckled frogs
Sat on a speckled log
Eating some most delicious grubs.
One jumped into the pool
Where it was, nice and cool
Then there were four green speckled frogs.
Insects, love them or eat them. Ancient Roman aristocrats considered large beetle larvae to be a delicacy. The Greek philosopher Aristotle provided detailed instructions on how best to harvest and prepare cicadas, noting that the nymphs in the ground were the best, until the adult females were eventually filled with eggs and themselves became the delicacy. A little-known fact is that Aristotle suffered from persistent bladder infections.
Even the Bible gives encouragement on the use of insects as food, such as grasshoppers, locusts, and beetles. Native Indians of North America had an effective technique for driving hordes of Mormon Crickets into trenches covered with straw. The straw was then set ablaze, and the large, cooked crickets then ground into a flour and used in bread, providing an excellent source of protein.
Kids learn that bugs are nutritious and if prepared well are delicious too.
1 pound Meal Worms
1/8 cup olive oil
1 tsp cumin
½ tsp. ground black pepper
3 tbsp. chopped mint
Salt to taste
How to Dry Roast Meal Worms
1. Rinse the mealworms under cool water to remove any food and substrate from the worms. Be sure to pick out any dead worms or pupae.
2. Dry the worms with paper towels, place them in a container or plastic bag. To keep the mealworms on the pan, place in freezer for fifteen minutes. This will quickly kill the worms.
3. Toss the worms in a bowl with the seasoning.
4. Spread the meal worms out evenly on a cookie sheet. To prevent the mealworms from sticking; lightly grease the sheet pan.
5. Cook the mealworms in the over at two hundred degrees for one to two hours, until dry and crisp.