All you need to know about crickets and edible bugs

What is entomophagy?

Entomophagy is the consumption of insects by humans. Come on! Don’t make this “yuck” face! Insects have always been part of human diets. Entomophagy is practiced in many countries around the world but predominantly in parts of Asia, Africa and Latin America  forming part of the traditional diets of at least 2 billion people. It’s estimated that 1900 species of insects are eaten worldwide.

Is entomophagy dangerous?

There was never any known cases in which consumption of insects occurred on transmission of diseases or parasitoids to humans (where insect was handled under the same sanitary conditions as other food). In fact, when compared with mammals and birds, insects may present less risk of transmitting zoonotic infections to humans and other animals.

Are crickets safe for human consumption?

We believe quality and safety must come first. Our cricket powder is 100% safe to be consumed by humans. But don’t try it at home! It’s important to know that not every insect is safe for human consumption. You have to be sure you are purchasing your cricket powder from a trustworthy source.

What is cricket powder?

Cricket powder is crickets grounded into a fine flour. It’s a digestible high protein superfood packed with all essential amino acids, calcium, iron, vitamin B12 and much more.

How do I use cricket powder?

You can add Grilo Protein to your favourite recipes! Our cricket powder can be used as a high protein ingredient to baked goods, breads and muffins, cookies, snack foods, and beverages such as shakes, smoothies and juices. The sky is the limit so be creative! Have a look on our recipes to have some inspiration!  It’s also a clean, complete and healthy alternative to other protein powders. Super high protein and low carbs makes a perfect post workout drink. It works similarly to other protein powders in the market. Adding Grilo Protein Powder to your dishes provides you with great nutritional benefits. Tip: When baking substitute 1 cup of flour with 1/4 cup cricket protein  powder and 3/4 cup flour. This ratio works well!

Can I bake with cricket powder?

You sure can! Our cricket protein powder can be used in baked goods to boost your favorite baking recipes with lots of nutrients, protein and all essential aminoacids. We recommend you to substitute 1 cup of flour with 1/4 cup cricket protein  powder and 3/4 cup flour. This ratio works well! 😉

How do crickets taste like?

Crickets have an earthy and nutty taste. Some recognised an almond taste, others say they smell like popcorn. Aren’t you curious? Discover yourself!

I want to start eating bugs. How should I begin?

It’s great that you want to start eating insects! The “yuck” reaction is something we learn to change. Start with something that doesn’t look like insects. Grilo Protein is the perfect way to try crickets ! Add it to your favourite daily recipes and boost your nutrition!

Are all your ingredients organic?

Yes! We believe in organic food as a cleaner and healthier source of nutrients. All of our ingredients are 100% organic.

Are crickets vegan or vegetarian?

Not in theory. However providing what makes you choose your beliefs, insects are something you may be interested on eating. If you are vegetarian or vegan based on environmental or sustainable concerns, crickets can be a great solution. They are much more sustainable to farm than livestock. Lear more at “Why Eat Crickets“.

Are there cricket allergies?

Yes, in some cases. Crickets are arthropods, just like shrimps, crabs and lobsters and they can cause allergic reactions for individuals with a crustacean shellfish allergy. So if you have a crustacean shellfish allergy, you may be allergic to crickets. Stay away from them!

Where do you get your crickets from?

Our crickets are Canadian. We source our organic cricket protein powder from a reputable organic cricket farm in Canada. They are ground into a powder in Canada and packed here in Byron Bay, Australia.

How is cricket powder made?

The crickets are harvested at the end of their life cycle. Once they are harvested, they are slowly frozen to simulate the natural process of hibernation when mature. After that, the crickets are washed, roasted and then grounded into powder. Microbial, coliform and salmonella tests are made during the production process.

How is the life and harvest of a farmed cricket?

Crickets like being in a dark and warm place. They live free range in condos that allow them to hop from feed station to water station and to live as close as possible to how they would live in the wild. Crickets only live about 6 weeks and it’s very important to us that they are treated as humanely as possible for their short time of life. Harvesting the crickets only happens at the end of their life cycle, when the males start chirping.

What do your crickets eat?

Our crickets have a very healthy diet. The base of their diet is made up of organic ingredients such as corn, soy (non GMO), flax, oats and minerals.

Are crickets paleo-friendly?

Yes! The paleo crowd seem to accept crickets as friendly.

Got more questions? Please contact us.