Feb 20th 2008 By Neil Gladstone
5. GO AHEAD, HAVE A LOCUST
Of them you may eat: the locust according to its kind." -- Leviticus 11:22
While the Bible strictly forbids eating shellfish, pork, rabbits, blood and certain birds of prey such as eagles and vultures, locusts (those bugs that are considered a "plague" in another part of the Good Book) are perfect for snack time or anytime.Not just any bugs:
You can't boil a beetle and think it's all good with the man upstairs. Leviticus strictly condemns anything that creeps, swarms or has four legs and wings as off limits (including beetles, mosquitoes and bees). Yet certain sources of crunchy protein, like locusts, crickets and grasshoppers, are just fine. Why locusts?
One anthropological theory suggests swarming locusts often devoured crops and caused famines, and as a result, the poorest Israelites had little to eat other than locusts. So, if the Bible didn't approve, its followers would starve.Buggin' out:
To get in touch with his biblical palate, Jacobs ordered up a box of locusts "oven roasted to perfection and then covered with the finest chocolate available, to create one truly unforgettable exotic snack." Jacobs admits opting for crunchy, candy locusts was wimping out: "I could only go so far with the 'Fear Factor' element."