World news – Why would anyone want to eat these things?


When I first read about these delicacies known as the « Shrimp of the Land », I thought it was a joke article. I love satirical humor articles from sources like The Onion and The Babylon Bee because they are sharp, biting, and hysterically funny.
But this article, written by Michael Woyton, appeared in The Patch.
Many experts were cited from places like the Maryland Department of Agriculture and Drexel University’s Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences. Everyone agreed that eating these rare delicacies was not only delicious, but also good for you. They are high in protein and low in fat.
In what sounded like something from the Forrest Gump movie, the article touted in many ways how they could be prepared. You could deep fry them and serve them with hot mustard. You can marinate them in teriyaki sauce or bake them into a cake or tart.
Since they are extremely rare, they are considered a delicacy and appear every 17 years. And this April, they’ll be popping up in 15 states, including New York.
It’s time for billions of Great Eastern Brood (Brood X) cicadas to find their way into our backyards and after those nut jobs to a plate near you.
Don’t worry if you start to go pale. That made me choke too.

Have people lost their minds? Why should anyone harvest, cook, and eat these nasty things? Just the thought of biting into one of those monstrosities cooked like General Tso’s chicken makes me think about blowing chunks.
Isa Betancourt noted that the cicada is considered an arthropod (limbs, segmented body and exoskeleton) and said, “We regularly eat shrimp, lobster and crab. These are the arthropods of the sea. “Betancourt, an entomologist from Drexel University, stated that cicadas taste a little like shrimp.

Hey Isa? I usually don’t eat anything with my head and eyes staring at me. The prawns on my plate don’t look like what comes out of the sea.
Mike Raupp, professor of entomology at the University of Maryland, has created a book with his students called Cicada-Licious: Cooking and Savoring Periodic Cicadas to take things to the next level.
Do not worry. I couldn’t find it on Amazon. You can google it and download it for free. It contains recipes for using cicadas in stir-fries, tacos, pizza, and cookies. The first chapter is entitled “How I learned to love the beetle”. That’s no joke…
I get the Willies to just type those words.

« These are the truffles of the insect world, » said Gaye Williams, another University of Maryland entomologist. “Americans are the only ones who eat insects. For most people around the world, insects are an important source of food or delicacy.  »
Did she say that insects are an important source of food in some countries?
There’s a reason we don’t eat bugs in this country. Everywhere you turn you will find McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Burger King or Wendy. When the time comes that we can order Cicada Nuggets, I’ll call it a day. Bet Ms. Williams won’t order the cicada noodle soup from Panera when butternut squash is available.

So get ready, Suffolk County. It looks like residents near East Setauket, Stony Brook, Ronkonkoma, and the Connetquot River State Park could get the majority of these things. They had extensive breakouts there in 2004 when Brood X last laid the groundwork.
It’s been 17 years since we last saw the Magicicada Cassini. Since then, they have been sucking on vegetable fat and synchronizing their clocks. When the countdown reaches zero, all alarms go off at the same time and rise to the surface.
And who knows? With billions of them, they could head to a fast food restaurant near you soon.

Paul DiSclafani, a Massapequa resident, is an award-winning 2018 Long Island Press Club columnist and a contributor to Anton since 2016 Media Group.

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