Power Flour – The Weird Side of the Internet

Written by on February 26, 2024

Power Flour – The Weird Side of the Internet – by Liam Sweeny.

If you know me, at least if you know me on social media, you know that I have a thing for bad food. Not expired, rotten food, but combinations of things that just shouldn’t be. I think this recent obsession came with a quart that I drank of pumpkin vanilla eggnog this yeah. Just set me off, and don’t ever drink that if you ever find it.

Now as much as I like weird food, or pointing it out, I’m adventurous. I’ll try anything once. But the following would be a hard swallow.

Crickets. Not the crunchy, eat the barbed-legs kind of crickets, but the brown powder crickets. Cricket flour.

The Italian cricket breeders the Cianni brothers have created a flour made from crickets. For the real deal, it’s that they wore down the Italian government to allow them to sell it to humans (before, it was only for sale to animals.)

Gross factor aside, crickets have a ton of protein and fiber for their size, and it has to be blended with traditional flour to be effective, so they don’t see it impacting the farmers, who see it a little bit differently, and thus oppose cricket bread.

“The proof is in the pudding,” is not the saying, not the full saying, “The proof of the putting is in the eating,” so maybe that’s how it’s to be judged? Well, the Cianni brothers think not only that it is good, but that it may be better than good. What a resounding endorsement by the guys that are putting their whole lives behind powderized chirpers.

I think that the bing thing here is that crickets can grow anywhere, don’t need much, and can nourish starving people in the world, and honestly, who are we to put up our fists and Cricket flour? In fact, as soon as it comes here, I’m trying it. Just gotta learn how to make biscuits or pancakes or such.



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