On first glance, it looks like your average burger filled with lettuce, onion, tomato and some kind of falafel patty. However, that patty actually contains an ingredient that would have adventurous foodies excited, and squeamish people averting their eyes – powdered larvae from buffalo bugs, mixed together with vegies.
In 2011, Max Kramer came across fried crickets while travelling in Asia and decided to write his bachelor thesis about the benefits of eating insects. He and his friend Baris Ozel decided to take their interest to the next level by starting the Bug Foundation, which produces the burgers and sells them around Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.
Baris describes the flavour as “nutty and similar to sunflower seeds.”
“They look like normal burgers and smell delicious when you fry them,” Baris says. “The next step is not far: when you say ‘Oh, I’ll try it.’”
The patties are eco-friendly, contain valuable proteins and are dense in important micronutrients. Their website says the buffalo worms are raised species-appropriately without any use of antibiotics, are 100% free from artificial additives, and are produced sustainably. The burgers contain up to 100 times less greenhouse gas emissions and ten times less feed compared to beef production.
Despite the health benefits, not everyone is convinced.
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Sydney-based Hannah Oakshott is a tea-obsessed pop culture enthusiast who can usually be found showing people pictures of her two miniature schnauzers or baking sweet, lemony food. Hannah is on Instagram @hannah.mareeee