Aug 08, 2019 - 05:25 PM
Though we sell our worms as food for animals, many people choose to eat them as well! We sell to television shows (Fear Factor was a great customer!), bodybuilders, candy manufacturers, and more restaurants than you'd probably like to know! Our FDA compliant label showing the nutritional content of our mealworms can be found here.
We only use human-grade vegetables and grain to feed our worms because we know so many people choose to eat them. We avoid the use of chemicals at all cost, using only dilute bleach to clean our tubs between use before letting them air dry in the sun.
We do recommend that if people choose to eat them that they be treated as any raw meat and be fully cooked first. I can tell you first hand that sautéing them in butter and garlic until they're crisp and then salting makes a very good treat. Here are some recipes as well: New York Entomological Banquet Recipes
It is typically our standard mealworm in the large size that people purchase (found in different quantities on this page: Mealworms
Studies have found mealworms are a fantastic alternative to meat, with the same amount of protein, lower fat, and have far less of an environmental impact. You can view newspaper article in the LA Times our company was recently interviewed about people eating our insects on our "In The News Page" (item #1 "In The Los Angeles Times") , as well as a television show in item #2. We are strong supporters of entomophagy and work with many companies that manufacture flours, etc.
Though you can purchase a high-end piece of equipment like the "Hive" you can also grow your own at home with a series of plastic bins set up in the same manner. There is an excellent site called Sialis (the latin name for a bluebird) that has fantastic information on growing your own mealworms at home: Sialis.org