Insect Burgers Are Hitting Swiss Supermarkets

Just a few months ago, Little-Food in Brussels placed crickets on their menu. Now, insect burgers are hitting Swiss supermarkets. It sounds adventurous, but not for the faint of heart.

The mealworm burger patties, which also contain rice, carrots and spices such as oregano and chili, will cost 8.95 francs ($9.24) for a pack of two… The bug balls will sell at the same price for a pack of 10, and both products hit shelves of select stores on Aug 21.

Mealworm patties and bug balls? Appetizing. While insect cuisines are common in Asia and Africa, they aren’t so popular in Europe. However, a number of chains have been working to include them in menus.

Coop has been working with Swiss startup Essento to prepare the meat substitutes for three years… Essento breeds mealworms in Belgium, but intends to produce in Switzerland going forward.

According to the source, when roasted, mealworms become nutty, which is perfect for heavy snackers. Although some could do without knowing they’re munching on beetle larvae. Salty!

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Crickets For Dinner Anyone?

I, more than the rest of my family, am adventurous with my meals. Spicy, sweet, or made with unique ingredients, it’s likely I’d never be put off from trying something new. “Little-Food” in Brussels, which promotes cricket-infused dishes, is definitely something I’m checking off my bucket list.

Eating crickets is significantly better for the environment, often touted as a valuable solution to food shortages and a way of combating the negative environmental effects of meat production.

Little-Food sells all kinds of crickets.

Little-Food sells the crunchy crickets in grocery shops and serves them up in a variety of flavours, including garlic and tomato. The insects can even be turned into flour and used as a protein rich ingredient for baking.

According to Little-Food cricket breeder Nikolaas Viaene, crickets that produce the same amount of protein that a single cow does requires less food, less water, and produces much less greenhouse gases.

Looks like it’s time to leave our comfort zones for a bit more crunch. Would you give cricket pizza a try?

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