What is a Cricket?
- The cricket is a small to medium-sized insect with a predominantly cylindrical, and considerably vertically flattened body. The head is rounded with long narrow antennae rising from cone-framed scapes. Just passed these scapes are two big compound eyes. Crickets also have wings that lie flat on the body and are very variable in size between species.
How Big can Crickets Get?
- The largest members of the family are the 5 cm (2 in)-long bull crickets.
How many Species of Cricket are There?
- More than 900 species of crickets are known.
Crickets in Pop Culture
- Jiminy Cricket is the Walt Disney version of The Talking Cricket, a fictional character created by Carlo Collodi for his children's book The Adventures of Pinocchio, which Disney adapted into the animated film Pinocchio in 1940.
- Crickets were featured in Charles Dickens's 1845 story The Cricket on the Hearth.
- Crickets are also celebrated in various poems by William Wordsworth, John Keats, and Du Fu.
Crickets as an Amazing Source of Protein
- Ounce for ounce, crickets can provide more than twice the protein of beef.
- The protein provided is also the best kind, because it contains all nine essential amino acids.
- Crickets contain nearly 5x more magnesium than beef.
- Increasing your magnesium intake may decrease your risk of heart disease by up to 22%.
- Type 2 diabetes can also be lowered by roughly 33%.
- Crickets also have more than 3x more of this muscle related mineral than beef does.
Why are Crickets so Healthy?
- Unlike big animals, insects are eaten in their entirety. This means you are eating more than just the muscle and fat. You're also eating all of the fibers, bones and organs. All of these are packed with components that are great for your body. Including:
- Vitamin B12
How Many People Eat Crickets?
Insects are consumed by over 2 billion people in over 80% of the countries around the globe.
- Crickets are mainly nocturnal.
- They are known for the loud, persistent, chirping song of males trying to attract females, although some species are mute.
Environmentally responsible and sustainable
Cricket farming can do more than just solve food sustainability issues. It’s also incredibly environmentally friendly.
A lot of the farms that raise chickens, pigs, and cows can resemble greenhouse gas levels that are comparable to hazardous waste dumps.
Crickets create a very small fraction of the greenhouse gases.
It is also nearly a drought resistant source of food since crickets consume so little water.
A single pound of beef requires thousands of gallons of water, ranging between 2,600 to 5,200 gallons.
Timeliness to create the food source is also an amazing selling point. Cattle take two to three years to reach their minimal slaughter weight.