Would you eat this?
A bakery in Finland has rolled out bread made from crushed crickets, said to be the first of its kind.
The bread is made using flour ground from dried crickets, as well as wheat flour and seeds.
Each loaf costs $4.72 (€3.99), contains around 70 crickets and has more protein than your average loaf of wheat bread.
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“It offers consumers a good protein source and also gives them an easy way to familiarise themselves with insect based food,” Juhani Sibakov, the head of innovation at bakery store Fazer, told newswire Reuters.
The insects are also a source of good fatty acids, calcium, iron and vitamin B12, according to Fazer.
The bread will initially be sold only across 11 Fazer bakery stores in Helsinki due to a lack of cricket flour, but the company plans to offer it across all 47 stores by next year.
It was only in November this year that Finland lifted a ban on selling insects as food. According to Sibakov, Fazer already developed the bread last summer, and had to wait for legislation to be passed in Finland before it was launched.
So how does it taste? One student who spoke to Reuters said she couldn’t taste the difference.
“It tastes like bread,” said Sara Koivisto from Helsinki.
According to the UN, some two billion people worldwide consume insects as part of their diet.