Cicadas: "The Shrimp of the Land"

Over the next few weeks, billions of cicadas are expected to invade the East Coast, from North Carolina to Connecticut. Maybe even TRILLIONS. But the good news is they're EDIBLE. In an interview with NBC Philadelphia, Isa Betancourt from the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University explains that cicadas are, quote, "arthropods, which means they have an exoskeleton." "We regularly eat the arthropods of the sea" . . . meaning things like lobsters and crabs. And she even describes cicadas as, quote, "the shrimp of the land." In fact, cicadas are considered a delicacy in certain parts of the world, including China, of course. And there's even a cicada COOKBOOK you can download for free called "Cicada-Licious". Recipes include cicada dumplings, cicada stir-fry, cicada cookies, and cicada-rhubarb pie. According to the author, boiled cicadas DO taste a lot like shrimp. Or if you eat them raw, they have a, quote, "delicate nutty flavor." You just have to pull the wings off first, because they tend to get stuck in your teeth.

(NBC Philadelphia)