[1 February/ Stuff]

For many the idea of purposely ingesting an insect might not seem appealing to many but restaurants around the country are introducing them to their menu’s.  With Te Papa presenting its Bug Lab exhibition over the next three months, the museum’s café has created its Bug Slider to explore insects as edible commodities.  The slider which is made with locusts is served with kumara chips and costs $9.50.  A spokesperson for Te Papa noted that bugs are the way of the future in so many ways and given that they are an incredible food source being low-fat, high protein and sustainable the museum wanted to explore whether they were attractive nutrition on paper or actually palatable.  The locusts have been mixed with minced chicken to form the slider patty and the aioli includes ants with a hint of lemongrass and lime.