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    Default A tasty seasonal GF treat - think I will pass

    Cicada Recipes: Bugs Are Low-Carb, Gluten-Free Food
    Blanched, boiled, or candied, cicadas are a healthy snack, experts say.

    Anyone hoping to spice up their gluten-free diet need look only at the billions of beady-eyed, shrimp-size cicadas currently emerging from the ground in the eastern United States.

    "They definitely would be gluten free ... they do not feed on wheat," said Gene Kritsky, a biologist and cicada expert at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio. The bugs are also high in protein, low in fat, and low in carbohydrates, he added. (Related: "Cicadas as Food: Summer's Low-Fat Snack.")
    There is a certain ICK factor. I think Andrew Zimmern would enjoy this snack. He has that show Bizarre Foods.

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    I've always wanted to challenge myself with eating culinary insects. There's an entomological society that has a supper every year featuring bugs. Somehow I think it'd be easier to do it in a social setting. :)

    It's just a matter of getting past the reflex ick factor. I'm sure once you do they're tasty and probably better food for us than many other things we eat.

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    My niece's husband, native of Mexico,moved to the state's when they married...and he greatly misses grasshoppers!

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    um, yeah, i'll pass on that too!

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