When trying something new, you might have questions. Here are a few people often ask us.
Where do your crickets come from?
How are crickets farmed?
Why should I eat them?
What does it taste like?
What if I don’t like it?
What is the problem with protein?
How much protein do I need?
Canada is leading the world in best practices for cricket farming. Our supplier in Ontario has been raising crickets for many years (for the pet industry). Concerned about the future of food security and sustainability, they overhauled their operation, setting a new standard for crickets as people food. Their crickets are sought after across the globe for their quality and consistency. These are city crickets, they live in condos (yes that’s what they're called), raised on a diet that is probably better than a lot of peoples. They live a full comfortable life, free of predators and windshields, before their end.
Crickets require very little water or land to flourish. Meaning they can be raised in rural or urban settings with minimal environmental impact. They live free range in a specially designed habitat on a clean diet of primarily grain. They are harvested with minimal processing (roasted) just before the end of their natural life cycle. Very little processing is required to get the full benefits of their bio-availabile goodness. We even have a special enzyme in our gut to digest them (chitinase), which suggests people have been eating them a long time. Uber paleo!
Protein is an essential part of a healthy diet, but the kinds of protein available to us are increasingly compromised. Cricket protein has more protein than beef, calcium than milk and iron than spinach. It’s a whole food, that offers high nutrition with a low carbon footprint, and it’s shelf stable. If you care about balanced nutrition from real food, that doesn’t cost the earth or compromise your values, then this is the seasoning for you. If you’re worried about how clean your protein really is, then this is for you. If you’re looking to increase your protein intake without increasing your intake of fat, carbs, salt, sugar or fillers, then this is for you.
Just like a regular seasoning! Cricket protein on its own is often described as earthy, or nutty. When balanced with the right flavours, the earthy qualities add umami (savoury-ness) to our carefully selected herbs and spices, blended for taste and optimal absorption of all the good stuff.
If you’ve given it a go, and find it’s not to your taste, let us know and we’ll give you a refund. But maybe do us a favour and don’t throw all that good stuff in the bin, share it with a friend.
That’s a big question that kind of depends on what you care about most right now. Our current methods of raising protein can’t keep up with demand. There’s not enough, and what we have is harming the planet by taking up huge amounts of land and resources (water in particular), to raise factory beef and enough soy to feed them. The quality and availability of this protein is also cause for concern, due to the presence of hormones and antibiotics, and the host of other additives introduced at each stage of processing.
Thoughts vary on this, but the general consensus is that you’re probably not getting enough, and what what you are getting might not be as great as you’d hoped. Given how many vital processes in our bodies rely on protein, it’s worth sourcing the best quality protein you can.