Man ill after gorging on sauteed cicadas

Associated Press
May 15, 2004
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — A man who cooked and ate nearly 30 cicadas sought medical treatment after suffering a strong allergic reaction to the sauteed insects.

The man showed up at a Bloomington clinic Thursday covered from head-to-toe in hives, and sheepishly told a doctor he’d caught and ate the cicadas after sauteing them in butter with crushed garlic and basil.

Makes a man proud of his hometown, yes it does.

[via Hollyism, who also has a heck of a windstorm yarn up about now.]

3 thoughts on “Heavens they're tasty

  1. heh – dude, you must check this out:

    “Our award-winning team of senior research professionals at has spent almost 50 years assembling the greatest body of Cicada research on earth. We have uncovered all of the truths about these vicious killers. “

    Frankly, I’d never heard about these fuckers until seeing this link this morning. Now (to paraphrase “Heavy Metal”) twice in one day!

  2. I just read online somewhere that cicadas taste like “tinned asparagus.”

    Which really doesn’t give canned asparagus a very good name.

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