jared Posted July 10, 2016 Share Posted July 10, 2016 Has anyone on this forum ever cooked and eaten invertabrates, or grown them for the purpose of being a food source? SInce I entered the hobby I've been looking to farm species of isopods, roaches, and snails for food. It's an alternative source of protein I would really like to experiment with. Especially living in drought-stricken southern California I think it would put my conscious to rest eating food that I've grown that doesn't require a ton of water. The species of isopods I've collected to eat are A vulgare (very slow growers) and Porcellio laevis (abudnant fast reproducers). I'm leaning towards eating the Porcellio since they are so abundant and quickly reproducing and I think they would be much easier to farm on a larger scale. I'm waiting until all the offspring have matured to cook them as I don't want to be imbibing any of the heavy metals or insecticides the wild caught may have been exposed to. The only sources for recipes I'm going off of are for vulgare, so I have no idea what taste differences might be between species. I think the fact that Porcellio are soft bodied may improve the texture. As far as roaches go, I'm going to be trying Panchlora nivea large first. I'm really interested to see how the green may subdue or come out after cooking, and how I can make them more aesthetically pleasing than, say a G portentosa. I'm definitely not ready to eat anything that big or meaty. I'm also going to be collecting local invasive Cornu aspersum and raising them for a generation. It will be a little while before my colonies are at a point at where I'm comfortable culling them, but I'll be posting the results here when I do. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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