Epicurean Explorers Bring Edible Insects Into The Mainstream

Epicurean Explorers Bring Edible Insects Into The Mainstream

A UK-based online store serves up edible insects and arachnids with a modern twist.

Timothy Ryan, PSFK Labs
  • 20 august 2011

Edible is a UK-based online storefront bringing unique and unusual delicacies from around the world to Western cultures in a palatable way. Taking inspiration from diets the company founders observed while traveling to far-flung regions of the world, the company’s offerings reflect those of ancient cultures, but with a modern twist. Options for purchase include Giant Hornet Honey, Chocolate Covered Giant Ants, BBQ Worm Crisps, and Scorpion Vodka. Regardless of its rare delicacies, the group is founded on the principles of sustainable, and ecologically sound, fairly traded sourcing.

All products are manufactured under strict hygiene standards, fully complying with all UK and European Union Community guidelines on food standards and safety. Over 10% of all of Edible’s profits go directly to rare & endangered species conservation projects worldwide. In the words of its creators:

For centuries insect consumption has been part of the everyday diet of many of the world’s human inhabitants from the Aborigines of Australia and their favored delicacy of Witjutie grubs to the night markets of Thailand where crisp, fried Locusts and Beetles are favorite snacks to be consumed with an ice cold beer! We in the west have closed our minds to Insect eating (also known as Entomophagy) but In doing so have forgotten that these are one of the most nutritious foods available, higher in protein levels than chicken and cholesterol free.


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