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Chefs from world-renowned restaurant cook cockroach

By AFPRelaxnews | Apr 10, 2013 | COMMENTS [ 12 ]

In their latest attempt to convince squeamish Western palates that insects are edible food sources, Danish chefs from a culinary research center have released a video in which they boil, slice and sauté a fat, juicy cockroach and serve it up for breakfast.

Uploaded this week, the latest video from the Nordic Food Lab led by world-renowned Copenhagen restaurant Noma, shows chefs dropping a large, hard-shelled cockroach, supposedly fed on split peas, black currants and chamomile, into a pot of boiling water.

The specimen is then split open, and added to a pan of what appears to be slices of simmering root vegetables (details are sparse).

But even the chefs who cooked it seem trepidatious about sampling their latest concoction as the video shows them taking dainty bites.

It’s the latest video out of the Nordic Food Lab in the lead-up to a London dinner party at the Pestival Festival at the end of the month, an annual event that pays homage to our multi-legged, winged and bug-eyed friends.

For £50 (€58), diners will munch on insect canapés and other courses featuring insects as the main ingredient.

Scientists have long been touting insects as a protein-packed meat alternative that could help meet the world’s growing food demand.

While the practice of eating insects, or entomophagy, may be unsettling for Western palates, the UN says that different species of beetles, ants, bees, grasshoppers and crickets are eaten in 29 countries across Asia, 23 countries in the Americas, and 36 countries in Africa.

In Thailand alone, 200 different insect species are consumed and are commonly sold as street snacks throughout the country.

According to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, some insects contain twice the protein of raw meat and fish, while others, particularly in their larval stage, are also rich in fat, vitamins and minerals.

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oh no my Father in heaven!! this video is disgusting...eeuuwww!!

Apr 10, 2013 11:33 | 0 replies

@Korea
Nothing disgusting people grew up eating dintlhamafura, dikukuvele and ba kola ditsie. We are all grown up and healthy. Do you know how much proteins this coacroaches have???
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exactly, nthlwa makhura is nothing but a coakroach with working wing................people are standing here healthy and they forgot where they came from.........................mafele a healthy , ric in protein, something you try and get in expensive beef.

Apr 10, 2013 5:27 | 0 replies

Nothing disgusting people grew up eating dintlhamafura, dikukuvele and ba kola ditsie. We are all grown up and healthy. Do you know how much proteins this coacroaches have???

Apr 10, 2013 2:44 | 0 replies

comtsotsi uzoyimela ?

babyfats..lol yummy...eeeuuww

Apr 10, 2013 2:18 | 0 replies

This just confirms it,White people are stupid

Apr 10, 2013 1:49 | 0 replies

5 ppl on the video and the woman doesnt even look like she's bout to taste the cockroach and onion mengelmoes and those men are all gagging yet they only each ate a leg like seriously and they think they can sell a plate full of them cockroaches to ppl while they cant even stomach a tiny ting leg hahahaha aint gonna happen

Apr 10, 2013 1:37 | 0 replies

mmmm......... mawudla izibungu offcourse ungadla nalana yumy yumy yuuuuuuuuuumy..............































Apr 10, 2013 1:24 | 0 replies

If chow masonja this should not be a problem

Apr 10, 2013 12:25 | 0 replies

Soon our butcheries will be graced by this delicacy. I suspect this would be nice with curry and pap. Yummy!

Apr 10, 2013 12:25 | 0 replies

What a shocking waste of time, energy and power such a miniscule portion.

If'n ya gotta eat the things then eat them raw! A quick rinse under the tap may be a good idea though?

But in this country we eat locusts, worms, ants, snakes and other insects so I'd opine the squeamishness above is in the minority.

And how d'ye think snails, frogs and caviar evolved as a delicacy. Those pioneers were starving hungry and to enjoy them today is to indulge in a celebration of national fortitude. Is a cultural thing...

Apr 10, 2013 11:56 | 0 replies
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