(Jerusalem Post) News of a swarm of desert locusts having reached southern Israel from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula might cause one’s mind to be engulfed by Biblical imagery of plague and apocalypse. But while it’s certainly no joking matter for Israel’s farmers, it’s not all wrath upon the human race, since these crop munching critters are also good human fodder.
Locusts are impressively high in fatty acids and minerals, with the dry weight of an adult desert locust containing up to 62% protein, according to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization website, making them more nutritious than cattle.
But wait, they’re insects, they can’t be kosher! Or can they?