maggots for dinner


My best guess was that they were flour moths, or Indian meal moths, a common species with white, elongated, bulbous bodies and brown heads. They’re known to love dark places, such as cupboards filled with cereal or grain. Females can lay up to 300 eggs at a time.

If this is grossing you out, just consider what I did next. At first, the scene made me wince, sure. But then it got me thinking about the most misunderstood and underutilized alternative food source in the world. I got my chopsticks. I nabbed a particularly juicy maggot and turned it over like a slice of steak, thinking, “Protein.”

That’s right. Bugs don’t ruin food. They are food.





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