God provides locusts as food for the Jews in Israel. According to the Bible, locusts are an acceptable kosher food for Jews to eat! Can you imagine eating a plate full of fried locusts at McDonalds?
Many people in our modern times find it hard to eat insects, such as locust. But, God instructed the Jews, through Moses, that locusts are acceptable to eat. Of course, they should be properly prepared.
Leviticus 11:21-22 “Yet these may ye eat of every flying creeping thing that goeth upon all four, which have legs above their feet, to leap withal upon the earth; 22 Even these of them ye may eat; the locust after his kind, and the bald locust after his kind, and the beetle after his kind, and the grasshopper after his kind.”
John the Baptist, who is Jewish, ate locusts as a regular part of his diet.
Matthew 3:4 “And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.”
In our modern times, locusts are considered to be a delicacy in many countries. Eating locusts are favored in many African, Middle Eastern and Asian countries. Locusts are often prepared by smoking, frying or drying them. Locusts yield about five times as much edible protein per unit of fodder [food] as cattle.
“Rabbi Ari Zivotofsky’s children have been busy in the kitchen.
On the menu… breaded locust, and chocolate-covered locust.
“As with fish, there are no rules surrounding their [locusts] ritual slaughter, making them [locusts] a particularly versatile ingredient for culinary connoisseurs, like Chef Moshe Basson, founder and owner of the famous Eucalyptus restaurant in Jerusalem, and a specialist in reviving ancient Biblical foods.
For the uninitiated, he recommends serving them crunchy – an effect that is best achieved as follows:
Drop them into a boiling broth, clean them off, and roll in a mixture of flour, coriander seeds, garlic and chili powder. Then deep-fry them.
Pan-frying is another good option, and they are ‘crunchy, tasty and sweet’, says Basson, when mixed with caramel and sprinkled into meringue.” (2)
“Locusts that have feasted on sesame plants acquire an oily, shiny tinge, and are said to be particularly delicious.
So what do they taste like?
Something between chicken schnitzel, toasted sunflower seeds and prawns… so they say.
Basson is not the only one kept busy by the locusts.” (3)
‘“They’re more appetizing if you pull off the head, the short legs, and wings. The long legs are relatively plump, like chicken legs,’ said Basson.
Moshe Basson’s Crisp Grasshoppers [Recipe]
About 25 locusts
Have ready about 2 liters of vegetable stock with a little turmeric added to it.
Throw the locusts in the boiling stock, whole. Cook for about 3 minutes.
Drain the locusts and let them cool somewhat.
Twist off their heads: this will also pull out the black, threadlike [guts] viscera.
Remove the wings and small legs.
Make a seasoned flour with 4 tablespoons any flour, 3/4 teaspoon salt, a little pepper and chili powder, a shake of ground coriander, and dried garlic granules.
Roll the precooked locusts in a beaten whole egg, then roll them in the seasoned flour. Shake excess flour off.
Fry in olive oil for 1 1/2-2 minutes, till color turns golden brown.
Alternately, use prepared “shnitzel” crumbs, or fry in tempura batter.
Serve with a lemony tahini sauce, or a za’atar pesto made more lemony than usual.
Crunch! Enjoy!” (4)
Many people have a hard time eating insects because of the way they were raised in their particular culture. We often fill our heads with things that are not true. But if God says something is proper to eat then it is good. God said that locusts are an acceptable food to eat.
But, since so many pesticides are being sprayed on locusts and other insects, we need to be carful not to eat too many locusts that have been sprayed with toxic chemicals.
HIBM Editorial by Avi Goldstein * Locusts Fast Food In Israel! – Dr. K. Daniel Fried, Editor in Chief – copyright © 2016 hopeofisrael.net
Short Link: http://wp.me/p35lgT-11M
Eating locusts: The crunchy, kosher snack taking Israel by swarm!
(1) (2) (3) http://www.bbc.com
Feasting On Locusts!
Locusts At Jewish Restaurant!
Locusts For Food!
Copyright © 1997 – 2016 – HIBM All editorial comments, opinions, articles, video, and audio authored or written by Hope of Israel Baptist Mission, Inc. (HIBM) or by any of its affiliated/associated staff is copyrighted by HIBM, all rights reserved worldwide. The information on this site cannot be stored on BBS or Internet sites or otherwise used without written permission from HIBM. Articles may not be sold or placed by themselves or with other material in any electronic format for sale, but may be distributed free by e-mail or print media. They must be left intact and nothing removed or changed, including informational headers or footers. Any non-HIBM articles, videos, audio, etc. included in these postings or within this website (www.hopeofisrael.net) are copyrighted by their respective authors and permission must be granted accordingly by them. HIBM will not be responsible for any copyright infringements or misuse by others. HIBM does its best to reference all materials contained herein wherever possible, and otherwise abides by the Fair Use Act (17 USC 107 et seq.); however, in the unlikely case that credits are missing or information is inaccurate, we ask to be immediately notified of any needed corrections. Disclaimer: All opinions contained herein are not intended to offend or misrepresent any person or organization. Their purpose is to educate and tell readers about proper Biblical teachings about the issues of today, including factual supportive statements or Biblically-based rebuttals to contrary or false teachings, whether they be about the Bible, Israel, Christianity, Bible Doctrines and Customs, Prophecy, End-Times, and Biblical Moral Responsibilities. Use of embedded or excerpted articles, research, or quotes does not necessarily indicate endorsement of the author or organization. Standard disclaimers apply to all material on http://www.hopeofisrael.net. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope Of Israel Baptist Mission, Inc., PO Box 1700 Powder Springs, GA 30127 USA
“The use of media materials is protected by the Fair Use Clause of the US Copyright Act of 1976, which allows for the rebroadcast of copyrighted materials for the purposes of commentary, criticism, and education”