Eating Cicadas In Nyack

Dated: June 11 2013

Views: 2963

It was just a matter of time before recipes to enjoy the swarming bugs started to appear on the internet. Think of it as a once in 17 year culinary delight. Most bug eaters liken them to shrimp or crab, making sense as they are all in the arthropod family.
To that end, they recommend harvesting the little crawlers immediately after they shed their exoskeleton just as they exit the ground, but before the young bugs can fly. They will be white at this point and since the new exoskeleton hasn’t hardened yet, very tender, like a soft shelled crab. Early morning seems to be the time with the highest percentage of emergers. The preferred method of killing your bounty is freezing, I guess throw the bag in the freezer or a cooler filled with ice.
For an appetizer or salad garnish you can season with salt and spices, toss with olive oil, and bake until crunchy.
As a main course, deep fry your cicadas and stuff them in a taco, tostada, or pita.
And for dessert, just boil them like shrimp, dip in chocolate, and freeze. Supposedly great alone or added to ice cream.
Cicadas where purported to be one of Aristotle’s favorite foods. I doubt I’ll be dining like the Gods any time soon here in Valley Cottage, but then, no cicadas have shown up here yet to tempt me.
Blog author image

Paul Bambara

My love of the real estate business began when I first started investing in residential and commercial properties in 1982. I found that my life-long residency of Rockland County, my eight years on the....

Want to Advertise on this Site?

Latest Blog Posts

Fall Apples And Apple Cider Vinegar

Fall is my favorite season in Nyack and everywhere else. The cool, crisp air and the fresh apples have always been the best parts of the season for me. And, now I've learned how to make my own Apple

Read More

August Holidays You Probably Did Not Know About

It seems there's a new holiday every time I turn around! There are some interesting ones in the month of August and I thought you'd like to know about them. My favorite? Probably the "Just Because"

Read More

Killing Weeds Naturally Around Nyack

I don't know about you, but my flower beds need a thorough de-weeding! Because of my dogs, though, I don't want to use chemicals to accomplish the task. So, here are some other ways to keep the

Read More

Decreasing Plastic Waste In Nyack

Great article attached regarding "swaps" to make to reduce plastic waste in our everyday lives. And, please be gentle with our watery natural resources (rivers, lakes, oceans, etc.) The number of

Read More
Fair Housing Icon NY Fair Housing Notice