‘Rub-a-dub-dub, thanks for the grub,’ Bart Simpson once eloquently professed, and it appears Londoners may have been saying exactly the same at this pop-up ‘pestauarant.’
A spread of edible insects was served up to customers in the capital today, with chocolate-dipped sago worms, roasted and salted queen weaver ants, and BBQ zebra tarantulas tickling the taste buds of foodies brave enough to taste the delicacies.
The exotic cuisine has been laid on for free by pest control specialist Rentokil to celebrate its 85 years in the business.
The company has highlighted how insects are a potentially valuable source of food, particularly in developing nations, and can be farmed using ‘relatively little land, water and energy compared to livestock’.
The stall will spend one day only on One New Change within London’s Square Mile, with hefty queues forming for the anything-but-boring bugs.
Passersby will also be treated to sweet chilli pigeon burgers, chocolate-dipped silkworm pupae and salted hoppers, in a three-course menu with a difference.
While ’100g of crickets contains just 121 calories, compared to 288 calories in the same amount of beef,’ Rentokil also pointed out that ‘common house crickets contain four times as much protein as the same weight of chicken.’
David Cross, head of technical training academy at Rentokil, said: ‘The Pestaurant is here to raise awareness of common pest issues and demonstrates our commitment to keeping up the heat on Britain’s pests.’