As someone who is well read and an athlete, how do you see this being part of your nutrition routine?
I guess it would be a guilt-free way of giving myself nutrition. It is a great source of B-12 and amino acids!
Was there anything you had to overcome to try it?
I'm terrified of roaches. Even looking at their antennas and the way they scramble can make me itch. Crickets have similar legs and characteristics, so it has been hard to overcome this type of patterning when thinking of it going into my mouth with a crunch.
How much do you personally taste with your eyes?
I used to taste with my eyes until I worked at an upscale retirement home in my early 20s. Each evening during the four-course meal, I would serve lavish looking desserts that tasted like chalk. I rarely care now what something looks like unless it as the aforementioned. Plus Indian food and chocolate pudding are not necessarily appetizing to see, but quite tasty!
What did you expect the Aketta products to taste like?
I assumed a sort of nuttiness because I have watched Anthony Bourdain eat insects with fervor. So, I channeled Bourdain sans the excessive adult beverages and was surprised that it was perfectly fine and tasty.
What do you think the Aketta product would go well with?
Well, Heidi Volpe is the one who introduced me to crickets. I purchased another type on amazon and that brand was actually too grainy. Aketta is the type of food you can put in brownies to smoothies for the added nutrition factor.
What are some of the benefits of cricket farming that interest you?
Sustainability is a huge issue for me and I can see it is for the new generations as well. We need to be realistic about the impact of our daily decisions. Life is full of the unexpected and stress as well, but how can we incorporate sustainable solutions in those moments where it is easy to do so? Cricket farming is an incredible way to build upon this model.
How do you see this product changing the way people think about food and our natural resources?
It takes conditioning. Most of the food we eat needs is in the rotting process to eat it. For instance, a ripe avocado is an almost rotten fruit. We eat cheese, yogurt, kombucha, kim chi, and many other types of foods that need to ferment. Also, on the other end of the spectrum, if we are okay with eating mystery meat, AKA a hotdog with different topics ranging from saurkraut to chili, we should be okay with moving in a nutritious, sustainable food as well. Why not? Most of the world eats insects and many other types of food that Americans tend to fear.