If it weren’t for crickets, there would be no Beatles.

Beatle Mania
Beatle Mania

By Doug Quist – Thailand Unique

As legend has it, the world -renowned Fab Four were greatly influenced by Buddy Holly’s combo, the Crickets. Known as the Quarrymen in their early days, John, Paul and company decided in 1960 it was time for a new identity. So they settled on an insect name in honor of Buddy Holly’s band. It was only a matter of time before the Beatles entered “The Toppermost of the Poppermost” and the world was never the same. Bug Power.

When the Beatles took the world by storm, no one was offended by their name and it is obvious why – people wanted to meet the Beatles, not eat the Beatles. So perhaps it is a bigger challenge appealing to people’s taste buds with new food varieties than their ears with pleasing sounds such as the Beatles provided. Keep in mind, it was the older generation who hated the Beatles and wrote them off as a fad. It was the younger generation that embraced the Beatles and made them a part of our culture.

Don’t bug me

A wise woman once said, “You are what you eat.”

Perhaps we are now at a stage in history parallel to the dawn of Beatlemania, but instead of a new sound, we are in search of new food, food that will be healthy and palatable as well as environmentally sustainable.

We have already seen many changes in our everyday eating habits. Our general perception of food has changed markedly in the last generation as we chant the new mantra: eat healthy. As a result of massive research, we see governments applying stricter guidelines on the labeling of packaged foods and addressing the more recent controversy of GMO or Genetically modified Organisms. Additionally, we search for new sources of nutrition which will enable us to sustain our increasing population in the coming years.

Nowadays we see the emergence of a global, commercial, edible insect industry striving to provide us with an alternative source of nutrition. However, the question arises: will food that contains edible insects taste as bad as most health food? The health food industry has provided boon and boost in improving the nutritional quality of commercial food, enabling the general public to maintain a healthier diet than in years past. On the downside, people eat health foods, but still crave the addictive taste of that beloved junk food, replete with sugar, additives, and those god forsaken preservatives. What do you want good health or good taste? Why can’t we have good health and good taste? And why oh why does healthy food cost more?

Enter Crickets

And now we turn to bugs.. Ugh!!! But wait a minute, what about eating cows and pigs? How does that sound? In some cultures, eating cows and pigs is plain dirty, not to mention the natural resources needed to raise and farm these creatures in order to bring them to market. So perhaps it is a matter of public perception that prevents us from leaping ahead to the era of edible insects. In this day and age of social media, perhaps we are only one Public Relation’s gimmick away from “insectmania,” As we know, every talent agency is looking for the “next Beatles”. Could crickets once again inspire the way??? Thirty years ago who would have thought about “surfing the web” or taking a “selfie” or that something gone viral would make us laugh?

There are a multitude of web sites promoting the benefits of crickets. Our web site, Thailand Unique offers an array of edible insect products that are healthy, easy to purchase and economical as well. Don’t just believe us, check out these websites and do your own fact checking”

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Food for thought

You will hear more and more about insects as an alternative food source in the coming months and years. In this age of the global village, we need to free our minds and at least try new sources of food; food that is healthy, tasty and affordable. We owe it to ourselves and our children. Remember, “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.” So it is all the more urgent that we feed ourselves and stay green while doing it.

Finally and ironically, the sport cricket does not derive its name from acheta domestica (house cricket).

What will it take for Western countries to start eating insects?

eating edible insects
Eating a Giant Waterbug

Human beings have been consuming insects for thousands of years. The practice of eating insects, known as Entomophagy, is common in most parts of Asia, Africa, South America, Australia and New Zealand. In fact, more than 80% of the world’s nations continue to eat insects on a regular basis!

However, many Western countries do not include insects in their diet. Scientists suspect this is because Anglo-Saxons originated from colder climates — where insects were less common. Insects became viewed as a pest and not a food source.

It is unfortunate because there are many health and environment benefits obtained from eating edible insects. People in the West are missing out on a delicious and nutritious source of food!

This article will take a look at the kinds of issues that may encourage more Westerners to start eating insects! (more…)

Why TV programs don’t always do edible insects justice

If the concept of eating insects is completely new to you, and you’ve just found this post by browsing through the weird and wonderful world wide web, then you may well have one burning question; why on earth would anyone want to eat insects?!

Celebrities act like it’s a bad thing

Well let’s start with the game show “I’m a celebrity, get me out of here!”. In this TV program, the celebrities have to complete challenges in order to receive their food for the week. This show mostly goes out to the UK, where eating edible insects is still a new concept. So when the celebrities are asked to eat insects as part of a “challenge” the viewers are led to believe that it’s a difficult or unpleasant thing to do. And of course the celebrities act up and play along! (more…)

Why eat edible insects?

Thе рrасtісе of еаtіng insects is knоwn аѕ еntоmорhаgу. Many аnіmаlѕ, ѕuсh аѕ ѕріdеrѕ, lizards аnd bіrdѕ, are еntоmорhаgоuѕ, аѕ аrе many іnѕесtѕ. People thrоughоut thе wоrld have bееn еаtіng іnѕесtѕ as a regular раrt of thеіr dіеtѕ for mіllеnnіа.

Why eat іnѕесtѕ?

Ovеrаll, еntоmорhаgу саn bе promoted for thrее rеаѕоnѕ:

1. Health:

  • Insects аrе hеаlthу, nutritious alternatives tо mаіnѕtrеаm ѕtарlеѕ ѕuсh as сhісkеn, роrk, beef аnd even fіѕh (frоm ocean саtсh).
  • Mаnу insects аrе rісh іn рrоtеіn аnd gооd fats and hіgh in calcium, іrоn аnd zіnс.
  • Inѕесtѕ already fоrm a trаdіtіоnаl part of mаnу regional and nаtіоnаl diets.

2. Envіrоnmеntаl:

  • Inѕесtѕ рrоmоtеd аѕ fооd emit considerably fewer grееnhоuѕе gases (GHGѕ) than most lіvеѕtосk (mеthаnе, fоr іnѕtаnсе, іѕ рrоduсеd by оnlу a few іnѕесt grоuрѕ, ѕuсh as termites аnd сосkrоасhеѕ).
  • Inѕесt rеаrіng іѕ nоt nесеѕѕаrіlу a lаnd-bаѕеd activity аnd does not require lаndсlеаrіng tо expand рrоduсtіоn. Fееd is the mаjоr requirement for land.
  • Thе аmmоnіа emissions аѕѕосіаtеd wіth insect rеаrіng аrе аlѕо fаr lower than thоѕе lіnkеd tо соnvеntіоnаl lіvеѕtосk, such as pigs.
  • Bесаuѕе they аrе cold-blooded, insects аrе vеrу efficient at соnvеrtіng fееd іntо protein (сrісkеtѕ, fоr example, nееd 12 tіmеѕ lеѕѕ fееd thаn cattle, fоur tіmеѕ less fееd thаn sheep, аnd hаlf аѕ muсh fееd as pigs and brоіlеr сhісkеnѕ to рrоduсе the ѕаmе аmоunt оf рrоtеіn).
  • Inѕесtѕ can be fed оn organic waste ѕtrеаmѕ.

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5 ways you should try eating edible insects for the first time

Maybe you’re interested in edible insects and the whole idea of trying something new, but you’re not quite ready to take the plunge and bite into a bag of rhino beetles just yet. Well if you need a little more convincing with reasons why you should try edible bugs, then here a five things you might find useful to know.

1. Not every bug based food looks like a creepy crawly

pro cricket pasta
Nutribug’s Pro Cricket Pasta – Source Nutribug.com

Sure, edible bugs include big crickets with big wings, giant june bugs and scorpions, but these maybe aren’t the best place to start if you’re nervous of the appearance or can’t get your head around eating something whole. You can test the taste and texture of, and your reaction to bug based goods by starting simple, with something like cricket pasta. Or maybe prepare some food with Silkworm Pupae oil or use some locust powder in your cooking and baking.

2. Edible insects are packed full of nutrients and come in capsule form

Locust powder capsules
Locust powder capsules – thailandunique.com

Cricket powder and locust powder are both available in ready to swallow insect powder capsules. So without it even touching the sides, you can still ingest the goodness. They’re packed full of protein and a good amount of fibre too. And as for insect oil, its properties include lowering blood sugar, reducing the chance of blood clots, and helping to regulate blood fat in a healthy way. And surely the thought of Silk Worm Pupae oil can’t be any worse than traditional cod liver oil? (more…)

Cricket Pasta

Cricket Pasta
Nutribug Cricket Pasta Packaging

The edible insect company Nutribug have launched a new cricket Pasta called Pro Pasta, it’s the world’s first rice pasta to contain high protein cricket powder, hence the “Pro” in the name, it’s also gluten free. Pro Pasta is made from 100% natural ingredients, organic brown jasmine rice flour, organic tapioca and farmed acheta domestica cricket powder. 100 grams of pro pasta delivers 14 grams of protein, twice the protein content of regular rice pasta. It’s also a great source of calcium, iron, vitamin B12 and other essential vitamins.

You can buy Nutribug’s Cricket Pasta on their website www.nutribug.com or you can buy it online from our website here It will also be for sale at stores in the United Kingdom, United States and Europe in 2016.

Nutribug Cricket Pasta
Nutribug Cricket Pasta

Why the world needs edible bugs

Ant Egg Omelette
Ant Egg Omelette

If you’re browsing our website looking for edible insects, or even a little bug candy treat, then perhaps we don’t need to tell you all that’s good about eating nature’s littlest creations. Insects and bugs have been a delicacy across the world and very popular here in Thailand for very many years, but in Western countries there are few places you will find edible insects for sale.

But for the doubters amongst us, who aren’t sure about eating something new and different, then here’s why the world needs edible bugs and insects.

World hunger would be less imminent if we all ate bugs In fact, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (UN) have been researching ways to introduce edible insects in to Europe via livestock feed but also to encourage the uptake of eating bugs to Western country inhabitants. The UN wants Europeans to accept edible bugs as part of their diets as an alternative source of protein. (more…)

Edible insects pack a protein punch for the adventurous eater

edible insect dish
cooked bee larvae dish

Although the United States has been slower to pick on up the worldwide trend of eating a wide variety of insects, a recent study reveals that the nutritional value and environmental benefits of eating bugs should far outweigh our squeamishness about consuming the creepy crawly critters.

Crickets and ants are the most common insect cuisine in the United States, and they are a good, healthy way to venture into the insect-eating unknown. A recent Oxford University study showed that crickets contain more protein, energy, calcium and vitamins than an equal amount by weight of chicken, steak and other meats.

According to the Oxford study, crickets, palm weevils, honeybees and larvae contained significantly more vitamins and minerals than other common protein sources, especially chicken and beef. In addition, insect raising saves time, money and much of the environmental impact associated with raising livestock. (more…)

Sago Worm Pupae

sago worm pupae
Edible Sago Worm Pupae

Sago worm, Larvae of Rhynchophorus Ferrugineus, is considered a delicacy in much of Southeast Asia. “Sago Delight”, or “Fried Sago Worms” are considered a speciality in Malaysia, although versions of this dish can be found in many Southeast Asian countries and Papua New Guinea, where it is regarded as a delicacy.

Sago grubs have been described as creamy tasting when raw, and like bacon or meat when cooked. They are often prepared with sago flour. In New Guinea, sago worms are roasted on a spit to celebrate special occasions. They are eaten either raw or roasted, and are regarded as a special high-nutrient meal among most Sarawak tribes such as the Melanau and the Dayak. The Asmat, Korowai and Kombai peoples of southern New Guinea also hold the larva in high regard as a food source.

Buy sago worm pupae here

Wholesale cricket powder (flour)

Cricket Powder for Flour
100% Pure Cricket Powder

We’re pleased to announce the launch of our new 100% cricket powder on our on-line shop  Jan 2014.

The Acheta Domestica crickets we use for our powder are raised on our own family farm. They are fed a special diet of cassava and vegetables and are raised in clean hygienic conditions. The crickets are processed and packed at our FDA approved factory.

Our Cricket flour is 100% natural, no preservatives, artifical colors or flavours have been added. The flour undergoes stringent laboratory testing for safety and to ensure it is the purest cricket powder available. (more…)