There’s no shortage of snack bars on the market, but more unusual insect foods take a little tracking down. That’s something I’ve learned over the last few weeks. There’s no online store for insect foods, no central hub. Insect ingredients are still hard to source at scale, and most companies aren’t shipping through mainstream retailers yet. It takes a fair amount of dedication to track down insect foods at the moment, perhaps unsurprisingly. Shipping costs make some of the more exotic produce very expensive.
I have a few more things in the post, and I’ll get to them in due course. For today, let me tell you about a small British company called Cornish Edible Insects. Cornwall has built up something of a reputation for good food and for sustainability, so it’s a good place to be based. Started in 2015, Cornish Edible Insects has a small range of products so far, and the one that caught my eye as a unique idea is their falafel mix with mealworms and crickets. I like a good falafel, and this particular product had won gold at the Taste of the West awards, so it looked like a good bet.
The mix came through the post in a modest cardboard packet that revealed a hint of gold if you turned it in the light. I emptied the fine powdery contents into a bowl with some water, and my four year old daughter mixed it and shaped it into approximations of a falafel for me to fry.
A few minutes later, I have a small plateful of falafels, slightly crispy on the outside. The texture is spot on, with the sesame seeds providing a touch of crunch. The balance of spices is perfect. I can see why this has won awards.
The kids eat these with no questions asked. My wife takes the world’s smallest bite, and then a larger one. She likes it, though she does point out that if this is a falafel made with insects, “isn’t that basically a meatball?”
Another win for the insect eating. These really are very good, and you can buy them here.