I’ve lived in China for 7+ months now. I’ve eaten a number of things I hadn’t before. Some of them were surprisingly good. Some were best described as ‘edible’. I ate a chicken’s foot, and his neck and head, and a number of different fungi. I’ve tried youcha, which is a tea and soup combination which is as horrible as it sounds: it has the color of pond water and the taste of motor oil with a hint of ginger.
But I’ve never eaten a bug. At least on purpose. I assume that at night and during bicycle rides, any number of them might have been swallowed. But, why not? I can’t believed I just typed that.
Other than cultural constructs, what keeps me from eating bugs? I mean, at the end of the day, is a bug that much more gross than a snail, or a oyster? The best thing about bugs, is that they are FREE! I can’t believed I just typed that, too, but I find myself wondering: are they that disgusting? It would be like having a lifetime of free snacks for the rest of your life.
My turtles love bugs. Granted, they are reptiles, and their brains are about the size of the stone on a rich person’s engagement ring. But man they get hyped for worms and cockroaches. I give them their pellets, they’re pretty stoked (again, very small brains) but recently I found a number of grubs/maggots crawling in my plant, because I throw the compost on it, because I live in an apartment and I love nature. I gave them those grubs and they went berserk!
Do other people ask these questions? Am I that weird?