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Unusual Food Trend: This Insect’s Recipes Are Becoming More Popular in the US

Every year, nations like India and America struggle to protect their crops and fields against locust infestations. When these insects appear, they destroy or consume crops, which has a significant negative financial impact. This year, chefs are using locusts, or cicadas, in their recipes. The scientists claim that cicadas are rich in protein and low in fat. They are also a distinct fried food item due to their nutty texture. In the US, foodies adore cicadas with salads and bacon, much as in several Asian nations where they are a popular meal. Cicadas are sometimes eaten raw. A cicada party was arranged in South Carolina, according to an article published in Smithsonian Magazine. The cicadas were presented in bacon-wrapped form.

This new tendency has received backing from other notable figures as well. The former head of Ohio State University Medical Center issued a warning, saying that since the garden uses pesticides, plucking cicadas from nearby woodlands may be dangerous. The newest delectable and crunchy food in the US is cicadas. Dinner parties with cicadas are being held by South Carolinians.

According to a New Orleans restaurant, “Bug Appetite” is well-known for its roasted cicadas and cicada salad. Philadelphia’s El Rey restaurant also offers cicadas with potato soup. These insects are preferred because of their high protein content. Cicadas have a low calorie content, a high antioxidant content, and a minimum carbohydrate content.

Every year, cicadas strike Americans. The New York Times said that this year would see about a trillion cicadas awaken in the US. This is the first time that two distinct breeds of the same animal have coexisted since 1803. Together, the Brood XIII, also known as the Northern Illinois Brood, and the Brood XIX, also known as the Great Southern Brood, will emerge. The midwest and southeast of the US will witness the cicadas. During Thomas Jefferson’s presidency, the famed 17-year Northern Illinois Brood cycle coincided with the Great Southern Brood’s 13-year cycle. In 221 years, the same will be seen once again. This natural phenomenon will be seen in 16 states in all.

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