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Want To Try This New Food Challenge? Edible Bugs

The idea of eating bugs as a part of our diet is something that stretches our imaginations to the outer limits. Yet the practice is common in numerous cultures around the world. You can press your personal envelope with an Edible Bugs Gift Pack. Challenge yourself! Challenge your friends! Set up the most unusual Halloween buffet in history. Most of all enjoy!

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To get technical here, humans eating insects is called entomophagy. There are many cultures around the world that routinely eat insects, arachnids, and annelids as a part of their diet. Around 1,000 species of insects are eaten by about 80% of the world's population. Most of these insects appear to be fried or roasted and they are commonly sold in stalls by street vendors as snacks. And they are very popular foods in these cultures.

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Insects are far more common as a source of protein than cows or chickens. Let's face it. None of us would be here now if our ancestors hadn't scarfed down insects. It was a matter of survival. Chances are that no one looked at grasshoppers and said "Mmmm, now there's good eatin'!" until the animal populations thinned out. Then it becomes chow time. Over time they can become common or even a delicacy. 

Fried Crickets in Cambodia (Photo by Thomas Schoch/Creative Commons via Wikimedia)Fried Crickets in Cambodia (Photo by Thomas Schoch/Creative Commons via Wikimedia)

So you can get in touch with your ancestors with this gourmet selection of Edible Bugs. The Gift Pack includes bacon and cheese grasshoppers, bbq bamboo worms, nori seaweed armor tail scorpions, salted queen weaver ants, and wasabi house crickets. Each edible delight comes in its own tin.

Fried Grasshoppers in Bangkok, Thailand (Photo by Thomas Schoch/Creative Commons via Wikimedia)Fried Grasshoppers in Bangkok, Thailand (Photo by Thomas Schoch/Creative Commons via Wikimedia)

This is a great gift idea if you want to surprise your favorite adventurous foodie who will try anything or if you want to freak out your favorite food wimp (like me) who hates trying strange food. The insects all undergo food inspection and the manufacturing facility is registered with the FDA. All of the insects also undergo professional food processing. You will be glad to know that this food contains no artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives.

Deep Fried Bamboo Worms (Photo by Takoradee/Creative Commons via Wikimedia)Deep Fried Bamboo Worms (Photo by Takoradee/Creative Commons via Wikimedia)

The website ThinkGeek also warns that these insects are for oral use only. I hate to think of what else anyone would think of doing with them. . . or where else they would put them. Dang! Now I can't get that out of my mind!

To order your own Edible Insects Gift Pack, click here.

Sources: ThinkGeek, Wikipedia