Mealworm stuffing? Cricket pumpkin pie? Bugs meet Thanksgiving classics

If you're bored with traditional Thanksgiving fare and unmoved by Thankgivnukkah hybrids, then here's an option for the truly adventurous: add a side of insects.

The Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium in New Orleans is hosting a "Hoppy Thanksgiving" event:

"You can sample traditional Thanksgiving dishes done in ways you'll only find here; turkey with cornbread and mealworm stuffing, wax worm cranberry sauce and cricket pumpkin pie. This might not be what the Pilgrims ate, but you'll be surprised at how tasty it is."

Hoppy Thanksgiving will be held on Tuesday, November 26 and Wednesday, November 27 at the Insectarium's Bug Appétit exhibit, and is included with the cost of admission.

Jayme Necaise, director of animal and visitor programs, told Livescience that the dishes are designed to ease you into the idea of eating crickets and other bugs:

"Each of the dishes are usually about 25 percent insect and 75 percent traditional ingredients, because higher percentages of bug parts could be a bit of a shock to an unaccustomed palate, Necaise said.

'If you take a mouthful of crickets, it takes a while to chew it because of the exoskeleton,' Necaise said."

Insect protein is a much-discussed alternative to meat, dairy and eggs because it can be raised cheaply and sustainably.

Tags: Holidays | Insects | New Orleans

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