Bug Burgers? Switzerland Says Insects Really Are What Is For Dinner

GENEVA — When you think of cheese, chocolate and food come to mind. But a novel food is making a buzz within this Alpine nation.  

Burgers and meatballs will hit on supermarket shelves Monday in the Coop supermarket chain. It marks the first wide supply of insect bites in Europe.

“We have been at the forefront when it comes to offering innovative products to our customers, & rdquo and finding trends; USA TODAY, spokesperson Andrea Bergmann told.

Insect-based food’s sale was made possible by a new law passed in May, which enables ingestion of mealworms, grasshoppers and crickets long as they are bred under conditions.

Although the Federal Office for Food Safety says on its site that no other country in the European Union authorizes the usage of pests, there are a few places offering these foods, like the United Kingdom restaurant Grub Kitchen, as well as a couple of outlets in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Insects have been consumed in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Fried spiders really are a delicacy in Cambodia, worms that are grilled or fried are snack foods in Thailand and rodents are common in Brazil, China and Mexico.  

An estimated two billion people worldwide eat insects due to their nutritional value, an important element in places where traditional food resources are scarce. The United Nations noted that “edible insects include high quality protein, vitamins and amino acids for humans. ”

In the United States, packed insect food is still a novelty being encouraged by entrepreneurs hoping to conquer the “ick” factor with Americans. Most bug consumption from the U.S. occurs inadvertently since insects are processed in different foods and sometimes they are used as ingredients in baking, for example cricket flour.  

The burgers and meatballs which will go on sale in Switzerland contain mealworm — the beetle’s larval form. Carrots Rice and various spices are  added for flavor, which ranges from “spicy into oriental,” based on the products’ Zurich-based Essento Food AG, manufacturer.

The company has been testing recipes for two decades. “Throughout our travels, we were struck by the culinary.

The products aren’t affordable. A bunch of 2 burgers and 10 meatballs   will charge approximately $10  — roughly double the cost charges for their counterparts.

The merchant is hoping these foods will fly off the shelves. “We’re convinced that you will find many foodies & lsquo; & rsquo; and ample customers in Switzerland, who will try and like products,” Bergmann stated.