Try Termites Ripping open a rotten log may seem like a lot of work, but the payoff might be worth the trouble. Termites are the highest calorie bug on the list. These pale colored, ant-looking insects provide about 6 calories per gram. You’ll have to work to get it, though. These little guys go scurrying for cover anytime you damage the wood they reside in. Roast them in a dry pan, and some species take on a shrimp flavor.
Savor A Slug Let me say from the beginning, that this is not a choice I would relish – eating slugs or starving. I’ve eaten them before, and I hope I never have to repeat that experience. But they will pass for food in a pinch. Terrestrial slugs and snails (found on land, not the sea) are generally safe for human consumption, always after a thorough cooking. And their nutritional value certainly justifies the effort of collecting and cooking them. These critters have about 90 calories per 100 grams of “meat”, which is high in protein (12 to 16 percent) and rich in minerals. It’s a little hard to consider them food though, when you consider their favorite meal – scat.
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