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Edible creepy crawlies around the world

Travelling abroad is the best opportunity to sample new foods and try out new tastes. From odd cheeses and raw meats to deep fried fruit and hot and spicy curries - we all enjoy trying out new culinary delights that can be found in the market places and restaurants of different countries.

Edible bugs and insects are increasingly becoming a popular food choice around the world, and with worries of how far our live stock will stretch in years to come, creepy crawlies are turning into a practical alternative. So to help you on your foodie travels, we thought we would take a look at which bugs are the best to eat when travelling abroad.

Locusts
Locusts

Enjoyed all over Asia, especially by intrepid travellers on holiday in Thailand, deep fried locusts are actually a very sustainable and nutritious snack. Don’t be put off by the look of these insects -they are actually an enjoyable, crunchy snack, often served stir-fried in chilly and soy sauce.

Caterpillars
Caterpillar

The garden pests that chew holes through your prized plants are a great source of protein. However, you might want to leave it to the chefs to cook up a caterpillar, as some are extremely poisonous!

Bamboo worms
Bamboo Worms

Another critter popular in South-East Asia is the bamboo worm or Non Pai. These worms are usually fried in a wok and then coated in golden mountain sauce and topped with Thai pepper powder to make a great bar snack.

Scorpions
Scorpion

If you’re looking for a sweet insect snack then try a Chinese yellow scorpion lolly. Sold all around the world (usually as a gag gift), this scary looking snack is sweet and delicious - perfect after a heavy main meal!

Beetles
Beetle

Last on our list is a creepy snack that is actually incredibly nutritious. Found in Asian and African countries, fried beetles may look scary, but given the right seasoning, beetles are a hearty, crunchy and surprisingly tasty snack.    

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