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(NBC Philadelphia)   Feast on cicadas: "The Shrimp of the Land". Go on foodies, do it. I dare ya   (nbcphiladelphia.com) divider line 112
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2013-05-11 11:22:41 PM  
Back in the 80's we ate them deep fried when they came out.  They weren't unpleasant tasting - sort of sweet with a nice crunch.  Definitely worth trying at least once.
 
2013-05-11 11:27:36 PM  
"Think smaller. Think more legs."

No thank you.
 
2013-05-11 11:36:04 PM  
With a picture of a pigeon flying in the sky on the label.

/also try Pork Of The Orchard brand canned apples
//it's the one with a picture of a can of tuna on the label
 
2013-05-11 11:36:17 PM  
Considering how big some of those fuggers are, I imagine you could fry 'em up like chicken wings and slather them in hot sauce and anyone eating them would just think they'd eaten the bones

/pass, thanks
 
2013-05-11 11:49:02 PM  
I've noshed on winged ants, crickets and the occasional grasshopper, but I've never tried cicadas. I'll have to rectify that immediately.
 
2013-05-11 11:49:33 PM  
 
2013-05-11 11:55:24 PM  

Apos: I've noshed on winged ants, crickets and the occasional grasshopper, but I've never tried cicadas. I'll have to rectify that immediately.


rectify, it'll damn near kill ya.
 
2013-05-11 11:58:12 PM  
I've eaten gnats, probably some flies, something crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside, and something bitey. You get that at freeway speeds on two wheels, not from a kitchen.
 
2013-05-12 02:15:19 AM  
I DNRTFA, but the cicada expert on NPR said there was some evidence that cicadas are mercury accumulators, like tuna. A little googling turned up http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2004/05/040531214618.htm, I don't know how reliable a source science daily is, and I DNRTFA either.
 
2013-05-12 02:15:46 AM  
I'd totally try it if I lived on the East coast.  I'd get my 4 year old daughter to try it too.  Already got her hooked on octopus...
 
2013-05-12 02:18:06 AM  

Tabletop: I DNRTFA, but the cicada expert on NPR said there was some evidence that cicadas are mercury accumulators, like tuna. A little googling turned up http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2004/05/040531214618.htm, I don't know how reliable a source science daily is, and I DNRTFA either.


Well, you only get to eat them every 17 years, so there's that
 
2013-05-12 02:22:22 AM  
If we had any popping up around here (Roanoke, Va.), I would. Was really hoping to see some* this year.

As it is, I'll have to settle for these.

*not including the usual annuals
 
2013-05-12 02:25:26 AM  
I'm so hungry, I need me some scrimcadas.
 
2013-05-12 02:26:02 AM  
Just moved back to the West Coast from Chicago.

Besides the seasonal Cicada's, we had the seasonal ones. I was shocked at the size of their shells that hung on our building when they molted.

I suppose I could envision cooking and eating them. But until Trader Joe's carries them covered in Sea Salt and Lavender, how will I know that it's really cool to consume them?
 
2013-05-12 02:27:26 AM  
Boy, am I glad I'm not a foodie.  Ick.
 
2013-05-12 02:34:27 AM  
Bleh, I think I'll pass.
 
2013-05-12 02:36:31 AM  
 Anyway, like I was sayin', cicadas is the fruit of the land. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. Dey's uh, cicada-kabobs, cicada creole, cicada gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There's pineapple cicada , lemon cicada,coconut cicada, pepper cicada, cicada soup, cicada stew, cicada salad, cicada and potatoes, cicada burger, cicada sandwich. That- that's about it.
 
2013-05-12 02:36:43 AM  
There's many a time I've wished I had a cicada to eat.
 
2013-05-12 02:39:01 AM  
I had a hard enough time getting used to eating mud bugs, I mean crawdads, crayfish, whatever.  Now I'm supposed to eat REAL bugs?!?

Okay ;)
 
2013-05-12 02:40:49 AM  
BAM!eleventy11!
 
2013-05-12 02:41:20 AM  

Bucky Katt: Boy, am I glad I'm not a foodie.  Ick.


Yeah. Even when I was a little kid, I realized that the "I-can-eat-way-grosser-stuff-than-you-and-not-cry-or-nothin'!" game was sort of farking retarded. Just don't feel compelled to play the adult version.
 
2013-05-12 02:41:33 AM  

miss diminutive: Bleh, I think I'll pass.


I'm with you, I just have a feeling it would be a texture thing, as in their icky in'erds.
 
2013-05-12 02:43:49 AM  

tinfoil-hat maggie: miss diminutive: Bleh, I think I'll pass.

I'm with you, I just have a feeling it would be a texture thing, as in their icky in'erds.


Yeah, just the thought of the crunch when biting into them is enough to turn me off.
 
2013-05-12 02:44:57 AM  
i ruined shrimp for my wife when i told her they were pretty much just cockroaches from the sea. yum yum. doesnt bother me they are delicious. she wont eat them anymore.
 
2013-05-12 02:46:29 AM  
Just give 'em a blast from your Spice Weasel and you're good to go.
 
2013-05-12 02:46:42 AM  

miss diminutive: tinfoil-hat maggie: miss diminutive: Bleh, I think I'll pass.

I'm with you, I just have a feeling it would be a texture thing, as in their icky in'erds.

Yeah, just the thought of the crunch when biting into them is enough to turn me off.


Heh, yeah I'll stick with m&m's.
 
2013-05-12 02:46:54 AM  
My trainer at the gym went to culinary school in Switzerland, and had been in the Peace Corps so he's been many unusual places and eaten many odd things.  I asked him once if there's anything he doesn't like.  I was thinking more like "cauliflower" or "green peppers".  Like me.  He said, "well... there are some insects I don't like."  .... DUDE!!!  He told me he once ate some sort of red ants out of a tree in Cambodia, among other stories.  He's cooked dinner for me, and thankfully it's been insect-free.  Also, cauliflower-free.
 
2013-05-12 02:49:21 AM  
John the Baptist did this before it was cool.
 
2013-05-12 02:49:25 AM  
Sorta OT but did anybody see Jack Hannah on Letterman the other night? He had a scorpion on and Dave asked him what they were related to and Jack called them "tripods". How can a supposed animal expert be so dumb?
 
2013-05-12 02:50:41 AM  

tinfoil-hat maggie: miss diminutive: tinfoil-hat maggie: miss diminutive: Bleh, I think I'll pass.

I'm with you, I just have a feeling it would be a texture thing, as in their icky in'erds.

Yeah, just the thought of the crunch when biting into them is enough to turn me off.

Heh, yeah I'll stick with m&m's.


They cover all the important food groups anyway. Chocolate, nuts, ummmm...food dyes...
 
2013-05-12 02:54:47 AM  

miss diminutive: tinfoil-hat maggie: miss diminutive: tinfoil-hat maggie: miss diminutive: Bleh, I think I'll pass.

I'm with you, I just have a feeling it would be a texture thing, as in their icky in'erds.

Yeah, just the thought of the crunch when biting into them is enough to turn me off.

Heh, yeah I'll stick with m&m's.

They cover all the important food groups anyway. Chocolate, nuts, ummmm...food dyes...


Heh, I'm old enough that I ate the red ones before that color got pulled, and now they brought it back.
 
2013-05-12 02:55:59 AM  
Cicadas taste like the cavernous vaginal walls of subby's mom.
 
2013-05-12 03:00:22 AM  
While in New Zealand I was told I should try Huhu grubs. Kiwis said they taste like peanut butter. That was all I need to know, I can buy a bottle of Jiffy and skip eating the beetle larva. I feel the same way about cicadas. There is a tremendous number of things out there I like eating and am comfortable doing so, I pass.
 
2013-05-12 03:02:06 AM  
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2013-05-12 03:04:09 AM  

marcre3363: Just moved back to the West Coast from Chicago.

Besides the seasonal Cicada's, we had the seasonal ones. I was shocked at the size of their shells that hung on our building when they molted.

I suppose I could envision cooking and eating them. But until Trader Joe's carries them covered in Sea Salt and Lavender, how will I know that it's really cool to consume them?


Eat them ASAP.  Then you can boast to your friends that you ate cicadas before eating them was popular.  Better still. find the recipe that Chinese vendor in the article used to prepare cicada skewers.
 
2013-05-12 03:05:51 AM  

tinfoil-hat maggie: miss diminutive: tinfoil-hat maggie: miss diminutive: tinfoil-hat maggie: miss diminutive: Bleh, I think I'll pass.

I'm with you, I just have a feeling it would be a texture thing, as in their icky in'erds.

Yeah, just the thought of the crunch when biting into them is enough to turn me off.

Heh, yeah I'll stick with m&m's.

They cover all the important food groups anyway. Chocolate, nuts, ummmm...food dyes...

Heh, I'm old enough that I ate the red ones before that color got pulled, and now they brought it back.


Really? You don't look anywhere near that old.

Those m&ms must have some special regenerative properties.
 
2013-05-12 03:11:16 AM  
 
2013-05-12 03:11:36 AM  
RIP, Madonna Cicada

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2013-05-12 03:12:37 AM  

fusillade762: Sorta OT but did anybody see Jack Hannah on Letterman the other night? He had a scorpion on and Dave asked him what they were related to and Jack called them "tripods". How can a supposed animal expert be so dumb?


Now you have got me thinking about that old BBC show The Tripods, went and checked they didn't look like arachnids out of their giant walker machines... And now back to the thread, apparently the texture of fried crickets is mushy not crisp like I'd assumed... I'd guess cicadas would be similar so not too enamoured by the idea. If I had to eat a insect I'd really like to try a roasted witchetty grub.
 
2013-05-12 03:16:29 AM  

miss diminutive: Really? You don't look anywhere near that old.

Those m&ms must have some special regenerative properties.


Better living through chemicals : )
/And it doesn't really seem that long ago.
 
2013-05-12 03:30:27 AM  
No thanks.
Live honey ants, on the other hand.
 
2013-05-12 03:30:33 AM  
Yeah maybe they taste kinda bay shrimp with their shells on. Which taste kinda shiatty with their shells off. Nonetheless after case of beer spend trying to get enough for a gumbo or etouffee, they might be ok with plenty of hot sauce . Doesn't quite seem worth the effort, except as a sort of sport. Or you could go shoot a deer, reduce a road hazard/ agricultural pest and fill up your freezer with meat.
 
2013-05-12 03:30:36 AM  
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"But ... shrimp can't breathe on land Forrest ... they ... can't .... brea ..:"
 
2013-05-12 03:39:10 AM  

Lsherm: Back in the 80's we ate them deep fried when they came out.  They weren't unpleasant tasting - sort of sweet with a nice crunch.  Definitely worth trying at least once.


1979, 1996, 2013. Math is fundamental. I'm not going to let you trick me into eating bugs with your lies.
 
2013-05-12 03:39:42 AM  

Cucullen: Or you could go shoot a deer, reduce a road hazard/ agricultural pest and fill up your freezer with meat.


Yes please.
Venison smothered in caramelized onions kicks ass...and saves my car in the process.
 
2013-05-12 03:40:57 AM  
Can you peel them?

If not, no thanks. I also don't chew on chicken bones, I eat around them.
 
2013-05-12 03:52:55 AM  

Bender The Offender: Lsherm: Back in the 80's we ate them deep fried when they came out.  They weren't unpleasant tasting - sort of sweet with a nice crunch.  Definitely worth trying at least once.

1979, 1996, 2013. Math is fundamental. I'm not going to let you trick me into eating bugs with your lies.


There are different cicadas with different cycles. I remember a huge, huge spawn of them in Virginia sometime in the early 1980s. I only wish I knew they were edible, then. I could've stored away hundreds of pounds of the dizzy little buggers... cute bugs, really, they're so completely incompetent at flying, too. But, they taste like shrimp? Come to papa.
 
2013-05-12 03:54:52 AM  
I would eat them but I am deathly allergic to shrimp and I've been told if you're allergic to shrimp you shouldn't eat insects because you'll probably have the same reaction.

It sucks because both times I've eaten shrimp I absolutely loved it... until the projectile vomiting and seizures that is.
 
2013-05-12 03:57:35 AM  

Bender The Offender: Lsherm: Back in the 80's we ate them deep fried when they came out.  They weren't unpleasant tasting - sort of sweet with a nice crunch.  Definitely worth trying at least once.

1979, 1996, 2013. Math is fundamental. I'm not going to let you trick me into eating bugs with your lies.


There are 17 year cycles all across the country.  At some point in Ohio in the late 80's - there was a 17 year hatch.  The world doesn't revolve around just you, you know.
 
2013-05-12 04:04:04 AM  
Hell ya a fascist theocracy, crossfire is of the air but we have lots of people now trying to enforce one.
 
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