Cicadas are planned for the menu at New Orleans’ Insectarium

(19 Apr 2024)
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New Orleans, Louisiana – 17 April 2024
1. Tight of cicada nymphs
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2. SOUNDBITE (English) Zack Lemann, Curator of Animal Collections, Audubon Insectarium:
"When you come to Audubon Insectarium you’ll get to see 50 live animal exhibits. We have a beautiful butterfly garden with hundreds of flying butterflies overlooking the river and if you have an adventurous palette you can sample some bugs."
3. Various of butterfly garden, bug appetit kitchen
4. Various of cooked insects being handed out
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Zack Lemann, Curator of Animal Collections, Audubon Insectarium:
"Every culture has things that they love to eat and maybe things that are taboo or things that people just sort of wrinkle their nose and frown their brow at. And there’s no reason to do that with insects."
6. Various of Lemann frying cicada nymphs
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7. SOUNDBITE (English) Zack Lemann, Curator of Animal Collections, Audubon Insectarium:
"So we do different dishes that are savory, that are sweet and I like to tell people if it’s coming from a New Orleans kitchen, even if it’s bizarre, it’s going to be tasty."
8. Tight of cicada nymphs cooking
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Zack Lemann, Curator of Animal Collections, Audubon Insectarium:
"My hope is that we will either acquire ourselves or get some periodical cicadas, the ones that are coming out by the tens of millions in the coming weeks so that we can serve them as a specialty item here."
10. Tight of Lemann cooking soy butter to go on fried cicada nymphs
11.Tight of cicada nymph plate being served
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12. SOUNDBITE (English) Zack Lemann, Curator of Animal Collections, Audubon Insectarium:
"Cicadas aren’t usually on the menu because most of the world’s cicadas don’t take thirteen or seventeen years to develop like these and emerge by the millions. They are here and there."
13. Various of Lemann seasoning, pulling cicadas out of oven
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14. SOUNDBITE (English) Zack Lemann, Curator of Animal Collections, Audubon Insectarium:
"If cooking bugs is my entree into discussing insects in a broader sense, I’m all for it."
15. Tight of cooked cicadas
16. Tight of cicada salad
STORYLINE:
They may look like little monsters. And the seemingly endless racket they make may be a nuisance.

But as parts of the nation prepare for the emergence of trillions of noisy cicadas, bug experts say the little creatures can also be a tasty snack.

The University of Maryland, for instance, put out a cicada cookbook in 2004.

And, now, the Audubon Insectarium in New Orleans plans to demonstrate ways to cook cicadas at the little in-house snack bar where it already serves dishes such as Southwest Waxworms with chili powder and Crispy Cajun Crickets. 

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