June Bug Season… For Your Dinner Plate? [PICS]
June bugs are big and ugly and mean and creepy. They appear on your screen doors right about now trying to infiltrate your fortitude of bug-free living with their violent, feverish, graceless flying and crashing.
I call them June Bug's but some call them June Beetles or May Bugs. Whatever you want to name them, they can be a loud and creepy nuisance on a late spring night this time of year.... but also, to some brave consumers out there, they apparently can be quite a delicious treat!
There's this guy, Jonathan Bobryk. He lives in Nova Scotia, and he has a mission:
... to educate my friends on how delicious June Bugs are. This is a one time a year, pretty frickin ethical (end of their 3 year life cycle) and definitely unique chance to harvest natures bounty. The taste is smoky and complex, and paired perfectly with the ceasar salad.
He calls June Bugs the "Crouton of the Sky". Why crouton, you ask? Because this guy fries them up and puts them on his salad.
Apparently, these winged scarab's have a crunch that is quite reminiscent of a crouton that you would ordinarily put on your salad. How delightful!
For real, the pictures for your displeasure:
The comments for this photo album range from "eww, gross" to "I gotta try that". The brave documentarian divulges us on how he preps the bugs and how he cooks them to ensure a safe meal. One person asks about pesticides, this was Jonathan's response:
If you're going to challenge yourself then you better start planning because they aren't going to be around for too long. According to UMaine's Critter Dictionary website, the adults emerge between May and June, eat, then leave. So start collecting those bugs!
Now, I'm thinking of putting myself to the test. They give me the heebie jeebies but considering most of the world eats bugs and us in the United States are the minority, I gotta get over this mentality since bug protein is probably in our future for the world's sustainability or something.
Would you try this? Should we make this a #JuneBugChallenge, Z listeners?