This moment, after two hours of trapping, baiting and chasing hornets through steep cedar forests in central Japan, brings the men a rush of satisfaction. Returning home later that day, the men have hundreds of hornets swimming in liquor – and a 7kg (1st 1lb) nest. Over bottles of beer, they pick the remaining hornets from the nest with tweezers, while their wives simmer the larvae – which taste like a gamey clotted cream when eaten raw, but like sweet mussels when cooked – with ginger, soy sauce, and mirin. They fry any semi-adult hornets until their exoskeletons are crispy coverings for the soft meat within. As they enjoy the feast, they joke about how none of them will sleep much that night – hornets are considered a powerful aphrodisiac. The world is filled with scenes such as these, of families and friends collecting and cooking edible insects, not out of desperation but because they are there and they taste good…

Read the full article “Edible insects: Do insects actually taste any good?” by Duncan Walker for Luxora Leader.


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