Nothing Beats A Deep Fried Bug – Edible Tarantulas Are The Best

tarantulas season

Take a diversion from the cockroaches of American politics, and consider the more appealing, in many ways less offensive Cambodian tarantulas. There’s minimal narration on the video, but it’s not really needed. It’s pretty basic stuff.

The cooked spiders go into plastic bag from a local street vendor, as a customer remarks on his purchase. “Tarantulas have a different taste compared to other insects like crickets, etc. It just tastes a lot better than any other insect.” That was our first thought too; maybe not.

They show a “hunting expedition” walking down a local road, digging a foot or so down into the dirt and harvesting their prey. That alone is something that most Americans would have no interest in doing, let alone enjoying the fruits of their labor. It’s worth noting that there’s not much traffic on the streets, far from the throngs of bicycles and 100cc motorcycles of many Asian cities. Maybe they moved to places where the menu is a little more diverse – and a lot more appealing. Having to choose between crickets and tarantulas is like having no choice at all.

The bugs are dumped into a bowl, appearing to be near death already, sprinkled with something that resembles flour, and dropped into hot oil. A short time later they’re ladled out onto a tray next to those ordinary crickets, ready for the connoisseurs of the local delicacy to enjoy.

Excuse us ma’am, do you have any potato chips?

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6 Comments on Nothing Beats A Deep Fried Bug – Edible Tarantulas Are The Best

  1. As Michelle Obama said, we should eat bugs and insects, while she sat down to a $550 lunch of steak and lobster. After poisoning our food with GMO’s, pesticides and chemicals, we are now directed to eat crickets and tarantulas, or starve. Even the food of almost all animals that God gave us is being reduced by the “endangered species” fanatics. So the same government that tells us what we can’t eat, now presumes to tell us what we can eat. If I were a cannibal, we’d have less democrats in office and more on the plate.

  2. Freddie Arthur Hisle // June 25, 2017 at 3:03 pm // Reply

    Rick, reading the article was fine until I watched the video; I wanted to hurl, vomit, puke, dump my burrito, etc… But, other than that, I am still hungry. I am glad you have not posted the Japanese preparing rats and dogs.

  3. We certainly take our food supply for granted. Even the early settlers could find something decent to eat (before the grocery stores.) It was work, for sure. But having lived in the similar climate of Malaysia, the fruits were plentiful and much more satisfying and nourishing (except the Durian. Their version of a delicacy.) Blecchh. Chacoun a son gout.

  4. Yuk. What about their mild poison? Good for the kidneys?

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