FDA Warning To Not Eat Cicadas If You Have Certain Food Allergy
It's one of the biggest storylines of 2021: cicadas,
In case you haven't heard the news, the insect is known as the cicada “Brood X” is remerging from the ground after 17 years of hibernation and will impact many regions of the east coast.
They're harmless but the sheer amount of them and the buzzing sound they make will no doubt, irritate many this summer. But, one growing trend going around the internet is to catch and eat them, because why not?
However, according to WIVB, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning those who are prepared to make them a tasty snack.
The FDA said if you're allergic to seafood, you should not eat cicadas.
The reason is that they share a "family relation" to shrimp and lobster.
If you don't have a seafood allergy, then cicadas are safe to eat and there are even preferred methods of cooking them. Apparently, air frying cicadas are the cooking method of choice, because of the texture that the air fryer creates and taste enhancement.
You can also eat them with Frank's RedHot sauce...
I own an air fryer and while I'm a pretty adventurous eater, I can't say I'll be indulging in some cicadas cooked up in my air fryer.
Shrimp and lobster on the other hand? Sign me up. I will air-fry some shrimp with some butter and cocktail sauce to dip them in.