New Food – Crickets

I was “up north” and my daughter-in-law said, “You know they sell crickets at the candy store in town.”

Crickets? Definitely a new food.

So Liz and I headed for the candy store to buy chocolate and …. I mean crickets.

They had two different kinds: salt and vinegar or bacon and cheese.

We chose the salt and vinegar box.DSC_0041

Once home we slid the bugs onto the table and did our taste test.


Jacob was the first one to try …

He tentatively puts it in his mouth.
And swallows …

His comment was that all he could taste was crunchiness and salt.

I ate one and agreed.

Jeff then ate one and said it was like eating a salt-and-vinegar peanut shell – which was a good description.

I asked him how he would rate it from 1-10.

Jeff’s response – “In comparison to other bugs, I’d give it a 10 because I’ve never eaten a bug before, but compared to other food, I’d give it a 2.”

New Food – Longan

IMG_7987Some new, experimental foods I’ve been eyeing since the beginning of the year when I first started this new-food adventure  – this one I never saw before last Saturday when I spotted it in my local ethnic grocery.

The longan tree is grown mostly in southern China and does well at a slightly high elevation. And since 1798, it is has also been grown in India – in Cambodia, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam.

Longan is considered a superfood high in vitamin C and potassium – in case you decide to have some for lunch.

When peeled, the longan looks like eyeballs which is why it is also called Dragon Eyes.

So, I bought it.

I peeled it.

I ate it.

The fruit is sweet and easy on the taste-buds. My best comparison is to the grape, although it’s different in that it has a hard shell and a rather large pit. The consistency of the fruit, itself, however, is very grape like.

I give it a six out of 10.