Insect-based food products, including mealworm spread and worm nuggets, make their way onto the Belgian food market. Tara Cleary reports.
Diners are bracing themselves as bug-based food products are creeping onto Belgian plates. But the dishes, including this cricket snack, are leaving customers surprisingly satisfied. SOUNDBITE: Nicky Deneef, tasting cricket, saying (English): "It's okay, it's really good in fact." Cricket breeder, Little Food says the insects are not only tasty, but contain three times as much protein as beef. And it's not just insects. "Green Bugs" mealworm spreads are landing on the country's supermarket shelves. Belgium was one of the first European countries to issue guidelines about the sale of bugs as food and "Green Bugs" founder, Damien Huysmans says many think that creepy crawlies are the food of the future. SOUNDBITE Damien Huysmans, Green Kow founder [standing next to Green Kow's chief of administration and finance, Anne de Decker], saying (French): "It's great for the environment, from a nutritional point of view and it's also got something to offer on a gastronomical level." A Brussels-based university has even put worm burgers back on the menu due to popular demand. Isn't that gross? SOUNDBITE: Gert Venken, student at Brussels' Vrije Universiteit, saying (Dutch): "It's as gross to eat animals' livers. Some people eat all the parts of pigs and cows. Why would this then be gross?" It seems in Belgium insects may be worming their way into people's hearts, and not only onto their plates.