Plated + Served: Cicada Stir Fry!

You’ve got a VERY limited time to try this unique recipe… so pay attention.

Over the next few weeks as soil temperatures steadily rise, cicadas will begin emerging from their dark underground world… the first time since 1996.

Then, six weeks after their mating ritual, they’ll be gone, vanished… dead.Their offspring won’t return until 2030.

When I lived in Africa, I spent a little bit of time with the Bushmen in Namibia. Eating cicadas (or grub worms, or giraffe) is decidedly an acquired taste. But I guess you know that.

Try to look at these little guys as “land shellfish,” just like shrimp (they are in the same animal group). But, before you try this taste sensation, keep in mind a few things:

• If you’re allergic to shellfish or nuts, give cicadas a pass. As if you weren't going to anyway. • Don’t pickup dead cicadas off the ground. Harvest them live, in the early morning and place them in a Ziploc® Bag. Put them in the freezer until they settle down. Permanently.
• They won’t bite! Just give them a little tug to get them off a tree or bush.
• Marinate them in a little teriyaki. Male cicadas will shrivel up, and you can throw those out. Females are bigger and fatter (full of eggs, you know) and will get more tender.

Here’s a video from the folks at Tennessee Home and Farm with a recipe on how to prepare cicadas. But remember, you have only a limited time to catch the main ingredient!


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