Skip to comments.Chinese citizens urged to ‘eat a bug and save a tree’ as summer cicada glut threatens greenery
Posted on 07/11/2018 6:20:18 PM PDT by EdnaMode
Eat a bug and save a tree: that is the message being sent to the residents of an east China city where an annual explosion in cicada numbers is having a devastating effect on the local greenery.
The earnest appeal was made by Sun Xiaoping, the official in charge of green spaces in Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang province, according to a report by local newspaper Dushi Kuaibao.
Cicadas reproduce in huge numbers in July and August, with the average female producing about 100 eggs at a time. When the young insects emerge they gorge on the sap of the willow and cherry blossom trees they call home.
Sun said the annual feast was killing local trees, and the best way to deal with the problem was for the local community to turn the tables on the creepy-crawlies and do some eating of their own.
Every summer, we ask our staff to help catch the cicadas, she said. But we cant keep up. So, foodies, come and help us.
To Western ears, the request might seem strange, but for many people in Asian countries, protein-packed insects are a regular part of their daily diet. Unfortunately for Sun, cicadas are not regarded as a delicacy in Hangzhou, although some people eat them - usually deep fried - and it is to that group she directed her appeal, the report said.
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Oh Cicadas, I'm begging you please. Get off of ours trees and go home. Go on home.
It’s Cal Worthington and his dog, spot. Buy a car from him and he’ll eat a bug.<
only SoCal freepers are going to get that..
Dry them and send them to N. Korea.
Eatin bugs in the afternoon with cicadas up in my bedroom?
What, no recipes?
Stop torturing dogs for meat. And boiling cats alive.
Let them eat bugs. Go China. There’s your protein!!!
And Arizona — but we always thought they were saying “Pussy Cal”
I thought the adage was “eat a beaver, save a tree”.
But maybe that was something else.
I'm imagining it's redolent of hoisin sauce, red chilies, garlic, ginger, green onions --- and do I see peanuts?
I'd try it. I would.
I might need a little alcohol beforehand.
Haha. Very good. :D
I remember Aquanetta and It’s Wallace from Phoenix tv but that was eons ago.
We have a lot of them around here. Several hanging out in my backyard right now.
LOL I just happened to be looking up Saint Cecilia moments ago!
I mean if they could just grind them up, season them, make patties, or fillings for noodle pouches or dumplings...
It’s just hard to find such small filet knifes to do the job properly.
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