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Picto-2pers Ready to eat mealworms – 1 to 2 people

Picto-18g of crispy and seasoned edible mealworms

Picto-allergène Insects contain similar allergens to shellfish

Picto--criquet-rouge-alg Cooked in France with 100% European edible insects. 100% natural 

EATING MEALWORMS FOR YOUR APERITIF?

Fall for the surprising crunch of our edible mealworms, finely seasoned with Garlic & Herbs!

Mealworm is an edible insect species, also known as the Tenebrio molitor. The taste is sophisticated, close to almonds and cashew nuts. Eating insects in United-Kingdom is not yet a common practice, that’s the reason why we decided to present our insects with seasonings, as it brings a crunchy and tasty Appetizer crisp.

Cooked in our Melun facilities at one hour from Paris, we use high-quality spices and ingredients to excite your taste buds. Guaranteed without artificial seasoning, nor conservatives and prepared with our « French touch » recipes, you can safely discover entomophagy (the practice of eating mealworms and other insects), with our garlic and herbs Mealworms.

EATING MEALWORMS, PERFECT TO DISCOVER ENTOMOPHAGY

The Mealworm has a subtle taste, close to almonds and cashew nuts. We empowered the taste experience of this funny insect by creating a not-to-be-missed recipe of Garlic & Herbs. This will make your taste buds dance for the Apéritif!

Edible Mealworms (also known as mealworm or Tenebrio Molitor) can perfectly and easily fit (or replace) nuts, raisins or salted biscuits during your next Appetizer. These edible worms can even be a substitute for chocolate bits in pastries, for the more creatives! In the making of salty pies, they can easily replace ham cubes. We can also decide to fry and eat them instead of bacon bits. However, to start, why don’t we grab a grub for the next Appetizer ?

THE EDIBLE MEALWORMS, FAST AND EASY TO BREED.

If by any chance, you decide to start your own insect rearing for human consumption, you should definitely start with edible mealworms.

Mealworms are insects following the same development as butterflies, which means that larvaes don’t look like adults and occur a complete metamorphosis of their body. As a matter of fact, once adults, mealworms become small beetles. This stage of development is called cocoons for butterflies and nymphs for beetles. Edible mealworm is ready-to-eat before this cocoon stage when still at the larval stage. If you start your own insects rearing, you will be able to watch all the life cycle of these funny edible mealworms. You won’t need much time and care, it’s really simple and ludic !

EATING INSECTS IN EUROPE, AN EVOLVING TREND !

For the last couple of years, public awareness on entomophagy is increasing. Indeed, this trend is becoming more and more common with manufactured products’s arrival in Europe which can be bought in physical stores. There is more, with JIMINI’S, mealworms are not only a culinary curiosity for adventurers lacking thrills ! It is now a true and ready-to-eat appetizer condiment.

Nowadays, entomophagy can benefit from the support of world-famous institutions (FAO, OMS etc…) and gain more and more Western countries. In Belgium, you can find tapenades and pastas with mealworms whereas many companies develop insects flour and protein bars in the US and Canada.

Even if eating mealworms isn’t mainstream in UK, entomophagy’s evolution is far from the TV reality shows. Don’t forget : appetite comes with eating !

Nutritional information:

Per 100g:
Energy2119kJ/508kcall
Total fat 26g
(of which saturates)6.4g
Total carbohydrate19g
(of which sugars)2.7g
Dietary fiber15.0g
Protein41.0g
Salt3.2g

High in protein and high in fiber

Net weight : 18 grams

Ingredients: Whole dehydrated mealworms (Tenebrio molitor), seasonings [salt, garlic 20% (naturally present sulfites), sugar, aromatic plants 18%, pepper, spices, natural flavourings], stabiliser (acacia gum)

Allergens :Insects may contain gluten and have same allergens as crustaceans,molluscs and dust mites. May contain trace of : sesame, milk, sulfites

Storage: 8 to 12 month depending on batch number. Store in a dry place away from light. Ready to eat and best before 3 days after opening.

3 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE EATING INSECTS

eating insects 3 things to know

Today there are more and more kinds of products appearing using insects as an edible food source. You (the consumer) might be lost within all these offers: whole insects, processed insects, raised in Europe, Asia or elsewhere, organic or not…

Here are the 3 main questions we get asked which should make things clearer for you!

Can I eat insects?

As we already explained it in a previous article about allergens, eating insects is not recommended for those of you who are allergic to crustaceans. Indeed, insects are part of the same family of crustaceans, cousins if you like, that share the same allergens. It’s better to ask your friends before you let them eat insects if they’re allergic to crustaceans, thus avoiding having to pop to the chemist or indeed hospital. That way you will get the chance to enjoy your aperitif!

If you or your friend is pregnant there is no reason why you cannot still enjoy eating insects. However, because it’s not recommended to eat unknown products during the pregnancy, we would suggest to err on the side of caution and wait until after your baby is born!

Where do the insects come from and is it good quality?

In a few years, eating insects won’t seem as unfamiliar as it does now! We hope it will be thanks to JIMINI’S but we can’t do everything (even if we’d love to)! There are more and more players in the market offering all types of insect to eat from many areas. In order to avoid any bad experience, we advise you to ask about the origin of the insects.

At JIMINI’S, we’ve decided to work only with European suppliers. Those European suppliers guarantee us the best quality and a clear traceability that is controlled by the European Authorities. Unfortunately, in most cases, insects imported from Asia or Africa do not fit the required health standards enforced in Europe and are mainly raised in opaque conditions, from their facilities to their food (ie “why you don’t eat the insects from your garden”). Also, we would question the environmental logic about importing insects from far flung parts of the globe by air only to sell them in Europe.

We have included this question to educate you the consumer. It’s no coincidence that Belgium was the first country to ban on the market all the insects raised outside the EU!

Which products should we choose for starting eating insects?

There are many possible answers to this question but we recommend avoiding insects that you seprogramsvor programmes (ie: the enormous and completely creepy insects) and focus on small insects such as crickets and mealworms. The grasshopper, although it’s very impressive, is no bigger than a prawn and so is also ideal! If you have never tried insects before, you should start with dehydrated and seasoned insects or even energy bars made with cricket flour that will remove all visual barriers. If you are ready to progress to the next stage and cook an insect based dish it is always advisable to taste them before cooking, so you can enjoy their “original” taste. It can also depend on the occasion as you might prefer an energy bar at 9:30AM rather than mealworms seasoned with garlic & herbs J

One thing that has become clear; you prefer to enjoy your first insects with friends! They are a great talking point, with the bravest of you able to reassure the most fearful to try the insects without actual physical force! J Eating insects should be a fun discovery and not an obligation!

    Nom : L. Joanna.
    Date : 11/12/18

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