Insect protein farm created for anyone who can stomach eating larvae

first_imgWell, we know the UN will be on board. A new project from Austrian designer Katharina Unger proposes that a home could produce a good portion of its own meat protein right in the family kitchen. It would be cheap, easy, quick, and nutritious.The only problem is that the protein source in question is the larvae of the black soldier fly. If solutions like this eventually became the only affordable source of meat protein — would you just give it up entirely?The dinner cage.Unger says that a future in which insects are the only economical choice for meat protein might not be so far-fetched. A third of our crop-lands are already used to produce animal feed, and with populations continuing to grow there will be an ever-increasing demand for meat protein that we may not be able to fill.The black soldier fly is a truly impressive source of energy, however: the larvae are made up of as much as 42% protein and contain many essential amino acids. In fact, just 1 gram of black soldier fly eggs can turn into 2.4 kilograms of protein.Convinced yet?The system seems extremely easy to use, with just three major sections: a harvesting pot for food-ready larvae, a large mating chamber for making new larvae, and “kindergarten” area where new larvae can mature to an edible stage. Aside from recycling a few mature larvae to keep the population going, that’s pure protein for your consumption. Unger estimates one of her colonies could produce up to 500 grams of protein per week, or around two meals.While my first instinct would be to go for some sort of ground larvae solution, Unger says the best way is simply to cook them up as-is. “They smell a bit like cooked potatoes. The consistency is a bit harder on the outside and like soft meat on the inside. The taste is nutty and a bit meaty.”Her favorite recipe? Tomato-larvae pasta with Parmesan cheese.last_img