My dogs absolutely devoured one round of cicadas when they (the cicadas) were here several years ago. Given how fat they got chowing down on the bugs, it doesn’t surprise that these every now and then visitors to our realm are considered “the shrimp of the land.” From NBC News.com,
“They are arthropods, which means they have an exoskeleton,” she said. “We regularly eat the arthropods of the sea and those are the shrimp, lobsters and crabs. And so cicadas are arthropods too.”
Like other edible insects, cicadas are nutritious, according to Betancourt. She says their bodies are high in protein, low in fat and feature a lot of muscle.
Betancourt suggests trying to grab the magicadas when they’re fresh from the ground and undergoing their molting stage…
Sounds delish, but I may have to pass!