Did you ever have foods made of beetles?

@lixiaos77 (1023)
Shijiazhuang, China
August 15, 2008 11:47pm CST
I ever have fried locust, fried silkworm pupa, fried grasshopper, fried cicada pupa. They are delicious. And I like silkworm pupa most. But I seldom have it now because I am now allergic to it. I have fried cicada pupa 2 or 3 times a year and I will have it more if I can get it easily, but it is rare in the city. Did you ever have foods made of beetles?
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@deebomb (15347)
• United States
17 Aug 08
For some reason I guessed that your from China, right? for the most part we here in the United States don't intentionally eat bugs of any sort. The idea just doesn't appeal to me. They might if I had been raised in your country or a place that they were consumed often.
@lixiaos77 (1023)
• Shijiazhuang, China
17 Aug 08
Yes, I am from North China. There are great differences among north, south, east and west China. We don't consume them often. They are only selling as dishes in big hotels for a high price. But the children may catch some those kind of beetles and their parents will cook them for the children.
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@deebomb (15347)
• United States
18 Aug 08
That is very interesting.
@vegegirl (828)
• Australia
18 Aug 08
I have probably had cochineal (the red beatle dye) yrs ago, but now i am vegan so I wouldn't have and beetle food. I have heard this is good for travel sickness (the red cordial) so some people take it travelling to kill possible stomach bugs they could catch. I have travelled to parts of China and we had lost of Australian friends with us in Yingko, near the Korean border (I'm not sure if that is spelt correctly)and when we first arrived the lovely hosts had prepared a banquet that included some type of local worm or beetle delicacy, or course I didn't eat it and only a couple of the Australians braved it (one didn't appear too well afterwards)! In Australia some people, mainly our indigenous peoples eat witchity grub - it is supposed to taste like chicken!
@roshand8 (1481)
• Sri Lanka
16 Aug 08
No.I've been told that some food that has red dye #40 has tee-tiny red beetles from South America processed to get the colour.And that colour used to colour some yogurts and candies as well as other food items.yeah you got your answer.Yes,they DO use beetles for food colour.