Herb Feeding Edible Insects: Compilation Video!
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Posted:
Jan. 13, 2019

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What's the most exciting thing about edible insects? Herb feeding! What am I talking about? Lots of bugs, if you feed them various herbs, will end up tasting like those herbs!

Sounds like b*11sh!t, right? I know, I thought so too. That's why I had to try it myself.

The Pseudo-Scientific Taste Test

The first time I fed insects herbs to try to affect their flavor, I gathered my friends and made us all participate in a blind taste test. I kept track of what I fed each batch of bugs (mealworms), then when I boiled and roasted them, I put them in little paper cups with the herb I had fed them written on the bottom. I mixed the cups all around like a Three Card Monty player so not even I would know which was which, and wrote numbers on each paper cup. Next, my friends and I tasted them, then wrote the flavor we thought they were in our little notebooks—without discussing them!

Afterwards, we looked to see if we guessed correctly, by looking at what each of us thought #1 tasted like, #2, etc, and comparing it to what the numbered cups said on the bottom. For example if all of us wrote that #1 tasted like cinnamon, and it turns out the cup with #1 written on it says, "cinnamon" on the bottom, we know that one worked. But if none of us were quite sure what #4 tasted like, we know that herb did not work, and I'm guessing those are the herbs the little mealies didn't want to eat.

The Results

Mealworms

  • Success:
  • Basil
  • Cinnamon
  • Cloves
  • Ginger
  • Rosemary
  • Mild-Flavor:
  • Dill
  • Mint
  • Mustard
  • Failure:
  • Cayenne
  • Cilantro
  • Coffee
  • Curry

Waxworms

  • Success:
  • Clove
  • Lemonpeel
  • Mild-Flavor:
  • Cinnamon
  • Failure:
  • Ginger
  • Mint

Hornworms

  • Success:
  • Basil
  • Mild-Flavor:
  • Dill
  • Failure:
  • Mint

BTW Hornworms, without flavoring, have a very pleasant flavor of fresh asparagus, but without the stringy texture.

I love herb-feeding edible insects; I think it's such a fascinating way to blend flavors. I wrote about it in the Bugs for Beginners Edible Insect Cookbook, but I know I'm only barely scratching the surface of its potential

How To Herb Feed Edible Insects: The Video

Last month, Katie from the Food Heroes Podcast let me take over her Instagram to celebrate our podcast interview. For the takeover, I took lots of videos while I was doing a round of herb-feeding experiments with mealworms, waxworms, and hornworms.

The takeover was so much fun, I had a great time doing it (and eating it)! Afterwards, Katie provided me with the videos she edited, which I've mashed together into this little compilation video:

You can also read all about how to herb-feed insects in the Bugs for Beginners Entomophagy Cookbook, or in this blog post.

Try This Home!

I hope this inspires you. As always, if you try this at home, I'm dying to know how it went for you. Take as many pics and videos as possible, and be sure to tag me on social media (@Bugs4Beginners) so I can see them!

NOTE: Make sure you are doing this with edible insects you have procured from a reputable supplier. Not all insects are edible. Always eat insects that are meant to be eaten.


This is not an entomophagy recipe and is not included in Bugs for Beginners, a cookbook which teaches Westerners how to prepare edible insects and safely eat a bug. Text may include affiliate links

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I'm Mic. I love reading about, writing about, thinking about, photographing, and especially eating, food. Especially bug food. Enough talk, let's eat!

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