There is a new rice cracker product creating a buzz around the streets of Omachi, Japan. A Digger Wasp lover group (Jibachi Aikokai) has teamed up with a local biscuit maker to create a unique digger wasp rice cracker (Jibachi Senbei).
Elderly wasp hunters lay traps around the nearby countryside to catch the wasps. They are then boiled in water, dried and then added to the rice cracker mix. The mix is then stamped in a hot iron cracker cutter. They’re sold via local markets or at selected gourmet stores.
According to certain sources wasps contain the highest percentage of protein of any edible insect – a whopping 81 percent to be exact! For comparison purposes an average steak contains just 20 percent. Now you know what to order if you’re needing a protein boost!
It sounds like a horrible joke but these wasp crackers are genuinely on sale in Nagano Prefecture, Japan, and now you can even buy them on Amazon (if you can read Japanese).
They're a classic senbei, a style of Japanese rice cracker which, on this occasion, also includes a wasp or few. Apparently they contain protein, but then so does tofu, and that isn't going to sting you on the way down.
Eating insects is nothing new, and people are increasingly trying to get on board with the idea that it might be the future. We've even tried it ourselves, but wasps? That seems like a whole different kettle of insects. Especially if you've got spheksophobia.
According to Rocket24 News, who've had a go at wasp crackers, they are "very much like raisins but had a slightly acidic and bitter taste to them". Except you also risk getting a wing stuck in your teeth.
We can think of better biscuits to have with our tea thank you.