12 Garden Insects You Can Eat

Real Animal Protein, Prebiotic Fiber, Antioxidants, B12, and more right at your fingertips.

Bill Broadbent
The Green Leaf
Published in
6 min readMay 28, 2020

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Those Japanese Beetles make me so mad!
Hornworms are destroying my tomatoes!

Revenge can be sweet.

Roasted Katydids are one of my favorites; they taste kind of like pistachio nuts. I can eat crickets all day, but I have to say, earthworms have not hit my palate yet. They’re kind of gross. Survival food.

Hornworms are edible and taste good
© Photo by Daniel Schwen | Wikipedia

While it’s true that most people here in the United States recoil at the thought of eating a bug, billions of people worldwide eat them every day.

Our southern neighbor, Mexico, enjoys over 200 different insects. There are over 20,000 insect farms in Thailand, and one of Cambodia’s top exports is edible insects. The Mopane Worm is a staple food in Zimbabwe, the Witchety Grub in Australia, Queen Ant larvae are a delicacy in Columbia. It’s evident that here in the United States and Canada, we’re the ones missing out.

Edible Japanese Beetles
© Photo by Bruce Marlin | Wikipedia

The only reason we don’t eat insects is that we have an unwarranted cultural fear. Our distaste for insects goes so deep that, until recently, feeding fish insects was illegal if the fish sold as food. Insects are the natural food for fish, and we have been eating both for centuries.

Insects are a healthy food source.

Edible insects are a real animal protein that includes all nine essential amino acids; they’re a prebiotic fiber (nutrition for probiotics), very high in antioxidants, a perfect Omega 3:6 balance, high in B12, Calcium, Zinc, Iron, and more. Insects are also a very bio-available food source.

Edible Grasshoppers
Photo: © bajita111122 | Adobe Stock

Keep in mind, the toughest bug to eat is the first one. After that, it gets easier, and pretty soon, you’ll see them as food.

So, back to the garden. We all know that gardens attract insects. Hopefully, after reading this…

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Bill Broadbent
The Green Leaf

Bill is President of Entosense and has been actively involved in the emerging edible insect industry since 2014. Visit: Entosense.com & EdibleInsects.com