Cooking Brood X Cicadas, a sustainable and wholesome supply of meals

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June 03, 2021, 6:59 pm EDT E.

Updated on:June 03, 2021, 6:59 pm EDT E.

The emergence of 17-year-old periodic cicadas is underway in areas of Counties Mercer and Hunterdon while other parts of the state are still waiting to see the creatures.

A professor at Montclair State University uses what scientists call Brood-X cicadas for a lesson on food, culture and sustainability.

Cortni Borgerson says the insects are nutritious, sustainable, and a healthy source of food.

“I think any opportunity like this is fantastic for people who like to explore food, wildlife, animals and sustainability – we talk about it all the time. Right now people are looking forward to listening to us, ”said.

Borgerson’s research focuses on natural resources, sustainability, and food security. She works in Madagascar to convince local people to eat more insects as a source of protein in order to save primates that are endangered by human hunting. She says it would help the whole planet if more people did it.

Eating insects is quite unique in European culture and is imported into North America.

“We have over 2,000 different types worldwide that are eaten in over 150 different countries,” said Borgersen. “Insectivores are pretty common. We’re one of the few countries where insects aren’t eaten as heavily.”

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