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In the past I had eaten insects raw. I’ve recently got it into my head that the potential for parasites is there though so I’m shying away from it. The 20 termites I ate out here were extracted from a decaying log and brought home and cooked with some butter and roasted with pine nuts and I have to say that that the recipe overwhelmed them and I scarcely could taste them. Next time I would throw them into a hot pan with nothing else. They are so small that they cook instantaneously.

I once decided to try one of those big lubber grasshoppers in the days before I was on the internet. I have since read on the internet that they are "toxic" but I didn’t suffer any ill effects after sampling one. The way it happened is that I was walking in the scrub at Johnathan Dickenson park and I found a large one and I thought that I’d just barely taste it, just to see what it was like, but I vowed that I’d be staying on the safe side by just sampling a little.


I admit that I was pretty intimidated. The numerous June Beetle grubs that I’d eaten raw and termites had both delivered big on that crabby flavor that must be common to arthropods but the sheer size of the lubber made me feel a little queasy. So I decided that I’d barely give it a taste and so I pulled off its head and then, staring at the most unlikely "food" one could imagine, I applied the mildest suction possible to the thorax. What happened was that the entire contents of the creature, thorax, abdomen, stem to stern were instantly evacuated into my mouth and coated it uniformly. I prepared to gag certain that what I was about to be assaulted with would be a noxious, bitter, grassy, unpalatable horror. But when I stopped and took sense of myself all I could taste was what I later described as crab mixed with almond, with maybe just a hint of vanilla.

I have eaten quite a few of the little termites from rotten stumps in Florida and I have never been disappointed. As I mentioned, I had always eaten them raw. I don’t know how flash frying them would work because of the risk of overcooking them. I’d love to have a quarter pound or so to really experiment with. The ones out here are much larger and I thought I’d be finding a lot but subsequent trips to the woods haven’t yielded any. When I finally do find some (nearly a sure bet since I’m addicted to turning over logs and examining the myriad creatures living under it), I’ll flash fry em without any butter and post in here how it went.

In the past I had eaten insects raw. I’ve recently got it into my head that the potential for parasites is there though so I’m shying away from it. The 20 termites I ate out here were extracted from a decaying log and brought home and cooked with some butter and roasted with pine nuts and I have to say that that the recipe overwhelmed them and I scarcely could taste them. Next time I would throw them into a hot pan with nothing else. They are so small that they cook instantaneously.

I once decided to try one of those big lubber grasshoppers in the days before I was on the internet. I have since read on the internet that they are "toxic" but I didn’t suffer any ill effects after sampling one. The way it happened is that I was walking in the scrub at Johnathan Dickenson park and I found a large one and I thought that I’d just barely taste it, just to see what it was like, but I vowed that I’d be staying on the safe side by just sampling a little. I admit that I was pretty intimidated. The numerous June Beetle grubs that I’d eaten raw and termites had both delivered big on that crabby flavor that must be common to arthropods but the sheer size of the lubber made me feel a little queasy. So I decided that I’d barely give it a taste and so I pulled off its head and then, staring at the most unlikely "food" one could imagine, I applied the mildest suction possible to the thorax. What happened was that the entire contents of the creature, thorax, abdomen, stem to stern were instantly evacuated into my mouth and coated it uniformly. I prepared to gag certain that what I was about to be assaulted with would be a noxious, bitter, grassy, unpalatable horror. But when I stopped and took sense of myself all I could taste was what I later described as crab mixed with almond, with maybe just a hint of vanilla.

I have eaten quite a few of the little termites from rotten stumps in Florida and I have never been disappointed. As I mentioned, I had always eaten them raw. I don’t know how flash frying them would work because of the risk of overcooking them. I’d love to have a quarter pound or so to really experiment with. The ones out here are much larger and I thought I’d be finding a lot but subsequent trips to the woods haven’t yielded any. When I finally do find some (nearly a sure bet since I’m addicted to turning over logs and examining the myriad creatures living under it), I’ll flash fry em without any butter and post in here how it went.