Often it is the same questions that pop up in comments, either on social media or when we are out doing demos. It is very much valid questions and we do understand why these topics are important for you to know about insects. So we decided to gather 5 of your frequently asked questions and their answers on this blogpost.
Do we use whole insects in our products?
We only use powdered insects, meaning whole insects that are ground into a fine powder. This makes our products a lot more appetizing to look at for us Western consumers, that aren't used to eating insects. It also has the advantage of giving a high concentration of nutrition.
What do insects taste like?
The insects we currently use are buffalo worms and crickets. Buffalo worms have a nice nutty flavour very similar to peanuts, while crickets have deeper notes of umami. Umami is the flavour that gives meats and cheeses a very rich taste. Both are ideal for baking, adding in smoothies or porridges.
Where do the insects come from?
The insect we use the most, buffalo worms, come from farms in the Netherlands. The buffalos are farmed vertically in a shelf system, taking up very little space. The crickets are from similar farms. Currently we get our crickets from a farm in Canada.
Don’t you need too many insects to feed people compared to meat?
Insects are extremely efficient at turning the feed they eat into more body mass, meaning they grow quickly and reproduce quickly. Our insects come from vertical farms and take up very little space. In that way, it is possible to farm a big amount of insects compared to, for instance, beef, which take up extreme amounts of resources.
Are insects healthy?
Insects are very nutrient-dense, particularly when you compare to how few resources that are required to produce them.
Insects are an animal and therefore the quality of protein is high, with all 9 essential amino acids. This can be a challenge to fulfil if you don't eat any meat. Insects contain vitamin B12, which is difficult to get from a plant-based diet, as well as iron, magnesium, calcium and zinc. Insects contain fibre, unlike all other sources of meat.