Cicadas Everywhere!

The 17 year cicada invasion hit central CT in the last couple of months. Their little red eyes stare ahead as they crawl under your feet, drop from the sky and buzz constantly. Watch where you step as their crunchy bodies litter the ground around the base of trees. Kind of creepy and loud right?

Would you ever consider eating one, in a non-survival situation?

Well, my friend and I did, and they were delicious!

Bun Lai, chef and owner of Miya Sushi in New Haven, CT has been cooking them occasionally in his restaurant to educate patrons on the health and environmental benefits of eating bugs and to take advantage of the local overabundance of these aggravating bugs. His philosophy extends to serving many other invasive plant and animal species such as Asian sea crabs, which we also sampled.

I felt extremely lucky to be invited along with a wide variety of daring people and the local news to come over his beautiful farmhouse and try these deliciously smoked cicadas. Due to the natural seasoning Chef Bun Lai added, the cicadas taste and texture was very much like pepperoni.

I always wondered if I would be able to eat bugs if my life depended on it. Now I know that not only could I face them but under the right conditions, they could actually taste good! Surprisingly my four year old also agreed,”It tastes better than pepperoni, mom!” he said after munching on his own serving.

Here I go!

Here I go!

22 thoughts on “Cicadas Everywhere!

  1. westerner54

    Brilliant. I would’ve thought they’d be bitter, even with a bunch of seasonings. Don’t know why I think that; it’s not like I’ve eaten that many bugs!

  2. Alicia

    Kudos for being adventurous! My husband has been fascinated with the whole eating cicadas thing since news of the 17 year brood hit. We have yet to try it. Still not sure I’m that brave.

    1. znara

      Yeah, I had read and commented on your blog post before I went to this event. So I remembered your description and thought that anything with Chef Bun Lai could be really unique.

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