Despite their name, mealworms
are not worms but the larval form of the mealworm
beetle that are packed with nutrients which has typically made them a pet food for reptiles, fish and birds as well as being used for fishing bait.
larvae contain high amounts of crude protein (CP, 46% to 52%) and fat (25% to 35%) which contain abundant essential fatty acids with superior oxidative stability .
As Tenetrio founder Sabrina Jaap told German food product magazine, Lebensmittel: "Producing 1 kilogram of protein from mealworms
needs just 20 percent of the water, 6 percent of the land area, and less than 5 percent of the feed compared to producing 1 kilogram of beef protein."
An unaware visitor randomly stopping by may be shocked, however, by the menu that includes cricket tea, mealworm
muffin and a silkworm green tea smoothie.
mellonella may not always be available, therefore, yellow mealworm
(Tenebrio molitor) could be an alternative host.
Whichever goal the animals dribble their mealworm
treats into will win the game.
Upon arrival my friend (who I had convinced to accompany me) and I were greeted with the following cocktails: Mealworm
virgin mojito, anty gin and tonic and chapuline garden Pimms.
There will even be desserts like caramelised cricket panna cotta, toasted mealworm
crepes and cricket ice cream.
A HORRIFIED mum has told how she spotted half a mealworm
in a spoonful of her son's baby food.
A team of international scientists have found that mealworms
can safely consume and convert Styrofoam plastics into bio-fragments - thanks to a unique species of bacteria in their guts.
The researchers show that mealworms
could survive and thrive on Styrofoam--turning it into biodegradable worm waste, which can then be used in soil.
She believes mealworms
could become an environmentally-sustainable source of protein for humans in the future.