Believe it or not, there is actually a type of ice cream available that is created using Black Soldier Flies and from what we hear, it is actually pretty tasty. If you were wondering about just what is used to create this delicacy you are in luck, because we here at Frontier Scientific have got you covered.
We know it can sound pretty gross but eating insects, or entomophagy, is the new wave in the food industry. Not only is it sustainable but it is also better for us in many ways then eating meat.
A company in South Africa, Gourmet Grubb, has started to sell ice cream made from Entomilk™, which is higher in protein than red meat or dairy and a good source of calcium, iron, and zinc. Even better, there are no carbs in this “milk” and it is lactose and gluten free as well. As we mentioned earlier it is sustainable, the process and the flies do not emit greenhouse gases, uses less water and energy than dairy processes, and can be maintained in an urban environment.
Entomilk™ is made from black soldier fly larvae, Hermetia illucens. Black soldier flies are extremely beneficial insects. As larvae they are amazing composters. They can reduce waste significantly by being able to consume up to 2.2 pounds of kitchen scraps per week per thousand. Furthermore, as adults they do not feed at all. Therefore, they do not bite.
Gourmet Grubb currently has three flavors of ice cream; chocolate, peanut butter, and Christmas spices. Approximately 8 oz or 250 ml run R60.00 or $4.27, and 500 ml or approximately 16 oz run R100.00 or $7.12. Unfortunately, the ice cream is only available in South Africa at this time, however we are certainly hoping that it will become available worldwide in the near future! Would you give it a try? We definitely would!
Author: Cassandra Ference
Frontier Agricultural Sciences