he first time Tim Herbute ate a bug, it wasn’t the most voluntary experience. He remembers being younger, on a camping trip, when a friend instigated him to eat a cricket. He did – he says he’s always been open minded.

These days, the 21-year-old Vineland resident prefers his crickets oven-roasted, between two crackers with a little bit of honey.

“They have an almond kind of taste,” he said. “And I just enjoy the taste of honey.” Another buggy favorite of his is mealworm quesadillas, roasted larvae scattered on top of oozy cheese and sandwiched between tortillas.

Grossed out? The practice of eating bugs – or entomophagy, if the term isn’t too big a mouthful – is getting more and more popular in the United States, although it’s been a necessity in other countries around the world for ages.

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