Butcher to sell grasshoppers if foot-and-mouth worsens

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Butcher to sell grasshoppers if foot-and-mouth worsens

A Dutch butcher is to sell dishes made with worms and grasshoppers, if foot-and-mouth forces a meat shortage.

John Janssen, from Heerlen, wants to sell spring rolls made with worms, and baked rice served with grasshoppers.

He said one kilo of grasshoppers has the same nutritional value as six pizzas.

He may also make grasshopper sweets, by removing their wings and legs and covering the bodies in chocolate.

He said: "They're very healthy. They contain a lot of protein, minerals and vitamins."

The meals would be prepared by two cooks who specialise in exotic foods.

One of the cooks, Victoria Viehoff, said: "Grasshoppers can be used in any meal. They hardly have any taste - the taste comes from adding herbs."

Last updated: 14:39 Saturday 31st March 2001


-- Martin Thompson (mthom1927@aol.com), March 31, 2001


I read somewhere that roaches have 6 times more protein than chicken. They would be dangerous to eat, though, becuase of the pesticides they are in contact with. Gross, eh?


-- Hannah (archiegoodwin_and_nerowolfe@hotmail.com), March 31, 2001.

I read recently that they serve curried cockroach in the orient. seems like it would solve problems at a lot of levels if people would eat the pests that annoy them instead of pesticiding them... deep fried roach peppered with mosquitos, anyone? how about yummy green cabbage worms blended raw in a smoothie? roasted salted Japanese beetle for a crunchy little snack?... the possibilities are endless...

-- vicki (smithfox@mind.net), March 31, 2001.

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