Hot on the heels of my recent peek into the peculiar genius of the Gleaner’s Kitchen,
I find myself facing another burning question about our food boundaries …
Would you eat
( . . . . . )
Before you answer, let me qualify my query.
I’m not asking if you would pluck a beetle from your yard and …
It’s okay; I’ll give you a moment to recover before I move on …
The bugs that beg the question emanate from a more elegant field of entomology.
Actually, Ento for short.
Ento is a brilliant experimental enterprise launched by four students at the Royal College of Art at Imperial College London. Did I say brilliant?
It represents more than curious cuisine, to be sure.
Some might say it’s avant-garde gourmet. Brilliant is what I say.
But, Ento also presents an undeniably green twist on mainstream gastronomy.
(Insert grasshopper joke here.)
“Why bugs, though?” you ask. “What the heck is wrong with a nice, juicy steak or barbequed tofu?”
Bugs, the Ento team explains, are much more space- and energy-efficient than traditional livestock and agriculture and will happily eat the crops we don’t want. They are also high in protein, low in fat and cholesterol, and rich in nutrients like omega-3.
Actually, the nifty thing about Ento’s beautifully crafted cuisine is what you don’t see.
That is, the bugs.
Nothing creepy-crawly here, girlfren.
Ento’s delicate sushi-like dishes delight the eye and, yes, attract the appetite as well.
“At Ento, we work towards getting people to eat insects one delicious bite at a time,” invites the Ento team. “We do this because we know edible insects are a healthy, tasty, and sustainable source of protein, and also because we love food, designing exciting experiences, and well, the world we live in.”
It should be pointed out that in many countries around the world, insects are a diet staple. If you were being asked to eat shrimp for the first time or a soft-boiled egg, think about how would you react?
“Our roadmap for introducing edible insects to the Western diet is based on a sequence of delicious products and delightful experiences that will gently challenge our cultural taboos. With your interest and lots of cooking and farming, we believe insect dishes could be a regular sight in your local supermarket by 2020.”
Need a bit more incentive before you partake in Buffalo Caterpillar and Chives Pâté?