Stone fruit season!
Peaches are our furry little fruit friends, and also a rather aggressive female singer. Nectarines are included in this week (and can be subbed for peaches in any recipe, in case you are horrified by peach fuzz).
Varieties: Peaches are typically found in yellow and white…
Naturally, the nutritional makeup of bugs varies from species to species. Birgit Rumpold and Oliver Schlüter of the Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering in Postdam, Germany, compiled the nutritional composition of 236 species of edible bugs, which was published this month in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research. Their research concludes that many edible insect species provide satisfactory caloric, protein, and amino acid content for human diets, while being high in monounsaturated fats and/or polyunsaturated fats and rich in micronutrients such as “copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, selenium, and zinc as well as riboflavin, pantothenic acid, biotin, and in some cases folic acid.”
The FAO report includes additional nutritional data on a handful of species, notably species of grasshoppers, crickets, termites, weevils, and caterpillars. Many edible species are rich in iron, a mineral that is deficient in many diets, and some, like palm weevil larvae, contain considerably higher levels of zinc—another frequently deficient nutrient—than does an equal weight of beef, for example.