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Okay, who's up for this?

For those who don't know, this region of Australia appears to be developing a locust plague. It hasn't hit Melbourne...yet... but I found one in the toilet last night.

I'm game if you are. (So long as we exclude any that are found in toilets, of course).

First, catch your locust: how to save the nation with culinary courage.

(from The Age).

The Department of Primary Industry's head entomologist, Mali Malipatil, confirms the Australian Plague Locust is edible, and contains plenty of juicy fat. ''Locusts are eaten in many countries around the world.''

Recipes are included.

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Of course, I might have to wait until the current stomach troubles settle down but seriously - who's game? I see the gastro on Tuesday - I can ask then if there's likely to be any risk to me in the light of my illness...

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catbiscuit
Nov. 21st, 2010 06:10 am (UTC)
If I were in Melbourne, absolutely! I've always thought of them as hopping little parcels of protein, to be honest.
splodgenoodles
Nov. 21st, 2010 09:03 am (UTC)
It's got me thinking about Bogong moths. We used to get swarms of them occasionally and apparently they are quite edible - Koories used to travel a long way to the High Country to feast on them.
dragonsally
Nov. 21st, 2010 08:20 am (UTC)
well, is a free source of protein and really, is it any different from eating shrimp?
splodgenoodles
Nov. 21st, 2010 09:05 am (UTC)
Not at all different, but I confess it hadn't occurred to me.

They say because of the risk of pesticide contamination, you need to keep them for a fortnight before eating. And you feed them up on lawn clippings.
ilikerivers
Nov. 21st, 2010 01:32 pm (UTC)
I'd be careful with lawn clippings! Fresh cut grass, but I wouldn't feed lawn clippings, they go funky very quickly and will have fuel traces. You can't feed them to horses or cattle, so I wouldn't feed to something you wanted to eat either.

And no, I wouldn't eat them, I'm vegie!
feyandstrange
Nov. 21st, 2010 09:29 am (UTC)
Huh - I didn't know bugs were high in fat! Protein, yes, but fat? How very usefully nutritious of them!

That said, ick to bug plagues, but at least they're edible.
pondhopper
Nov. 21st, 2010 09:54 am (UTC)
I thin you're exporting your locusts. I saw one on our gate yesterday.
:P
splodgenoodles
Nov. 21st, 2010 12:15 pm (UTC)
Let me know how it tastes!
pondhopper
Nov. 21st, 2010 01:53 pm (UTC)
Uhhhhhhhh......

no.
:P
sjkasabi
Nov. 21st, 2010 10:16 am (UTC)
I'd certainly give 'em a go. We even have quite a few lawn clippings to hand atm...

And I've wanted to try bogong moths for ages, too.
splodgenoodles
Nov. 21st, 2010 12:14 pm (UTC)
It's been years since we've had many Bogong moths around hasn't it...?
splodgenoodles
Nov. 21st, 2010 01:37 pm (UTC)
This strikes me as a good menu for a summer night around a pizza oven.
maju01
Nov. 21st, 2010 06:34 pm (UTC)
Seems about on a par with eating witchetty grubs, which I'm also not keen to try.
elmsley_rose
Nov. 21st, 2010 07:29 pm (UTC)
Maybe chocolate covered?

I think I've had chocolate covered ants....
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