Farms breed tasty creepy-crawlies
In the Western World, edible insect breeding is getting ever more common. Breeders' favourite is the house cricket, which provides the best taste.
THE EGGS ARE PLACED IN DAMP SOIL
After the mating, females are moved to a separate container, in which they place the eggs in soft soil. The separation ensures that the eggs are not eaten before they hatch.
BABY CRICKETS HATCH IN WARM ROOMS
The development of a cricket depends on the temperature, so the containers with freshly laid eggs are moved to a room with a stable temperature of 25-30 degrees. The eggs hatch after 7-10 days.
FRUIT AND VEGETABLES PROVIDE BETTER TASTE
Breeders first feed the insects dry feed, which makes it easier to keep the enclosure clean. Once the creatures are fully grown, they are fed fresh watermelon, carrots, and more, to improve taste.
QUICK BOILING KILLS THE CRICKETS
60 days after the eggs were placed in the soil, the crickets are fully grown. Breeders remove them from the containers and kill them in boiling water. The taste of crickets is described as nut- like.