Conquer the crunch at this edible insect farm in London

Jan 14 2020, 5:43 pm

Some of us enjoy a pleasant crunch from eating potato chips, cereal, or even fresh veggies.

Contrastingly, you can find a different chewing sensation altogether by sprinkling in some bugs.

Inspired by a trip to a cricket farm in Thailand, the founders of Horizon Edible Insects in London, England, discovered the delectable and delightful crunch of insects and the distinctive contribution they could make to a well-rounded, healthy diet.

 

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“Our jobs had taken us to many places around the world, and we instinctively enjoyed putting our taste buds to the test wherever we went,” the establishment’s website explains.

“It was only when we visited a cricket farm in Thailand, that we discovered the path that led us to where we are now.  Thai beer was not our favourite, but we found the crunchy insects they served with it tasted really delicious.”

 

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Horizon operates as an urban edible insect farm in West London.

The insects live out their six- to seven-week lifespan and are then ethically harvested for consumption.

The farm emphasizes the nutritional as well as sustainability benefits of adding insect-based protein into your diet.

“If a family of four switched once a week to an insect-protein meal, it is estimated that 650000 litres of water a year would be saved,” their website states.

“Cattle and other livestock farming use 30% of the Earth’s entire land surface for pasture and another 33% to produce food for the animals, using significant amounts of precious water in the process.”

 

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Guests can purchase a variety of insect-based products from Horizon, including whole dried edible crickets and fresh mealworms, “ideal for that perfect bug burger.”

They also host cooking events where you can learn about the purpose behind raising, farming, and cooking insects.

Edible insects can actually be very nutritious. “Kilo for kilo, insects have three times as much proteins and 30 times more vitamin B12 than beef,” according to the company’s website.

 

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Additionally, they are chock-full of good fats and high in iron, calcium, zinc, omegas, and amino acids.

The insects at Horizon Edible Insects are regularly tested by certified labs to ensure that they are completely safe for consumption.

For additional information regarding Horizon Edible Insects’ practices, philosophy, and classes, as well as the best ways to add insect-based protein into your diet, visit the company’s official website.