In the Sichuan province of southwestern China, a hot new trend is on the rise: cockroach breeding. Raised for their nutritional value, these nasty critters are truly a one-of-a-kind food.
It’s not by chance that farmers are starting to cash in on this niche business. While most are sold to traditional medicine manufacturers, others are raised to satisfy discerning palates. Restaurants are even starting to pop up all around the farms to cook and serve them. On the menu: sautéed cockroaches in spicy sauce, a Sichuan specialty!
Apparently, the bugs offer quite a bit of flavour, as well as a host of healthy advantages. Indeed, they are believed to have detoxifying and diuretic properties. Inhabitants of the region come regularly to munch on the insects, drawn by all the buzz about their supposed benefits.
But raising these creepy crawlers demands just the right conditions: the temperature of their habitat must be kept at around 30°C with a relative humidity of 80%!
While this new food trend seems to be a big hit in China, what about the rest of the world? Would you be ready to try them?