A little fresh-air for today.  These buggers have been hopping all over the tomatoes at my CSA.  Lately, I’ve taken up a bit of a fascination with them.  If you follow me on Instagram (@gracedi), you’ve probably noticed this.  Photo-shooting grasshoppers on my iPhone has become a bit of a new hobby of mine at work.  Hey, I’ve got to do something to get me through all those tomato-picking hours.

These guys can jump 20 times their body length, so it’s quite an interesting few minutes whenever I attempt to follow them with my phone/camera.

Did you know that grasshopper have 5 eyes?  Pretty cool, right?  Yet, they’re both ear-less and nose-less.  Instead, little breathing holes line the sides of their bodies.  And as for their hearing, with all the chirping they make, you know that can’t be missing.  Rather than ears, grasshoppers have little spots on the sides of their abdomen, which are said to be their eardrums.  Fascinating stuff.

I also hear they have a lot of protein in them.  Up to 20.6 grams of protein in a large one, and 14.3 grams in a small one…not that I’d ever eat one.  Or would I?

A little crunchy.  A little grassy.  A little earthy.  Highly unrecommended.

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  • Reply
    The Candid RD
    August 11, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Here I thought you were blogging about the grasshopper DESSERT!! I can’t believe you tried this! But hey, I love your adventurous spirit 🙂

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    August 11, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    First off, how do you catch them? Then,what’s the recipe?

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      Grace Dickinson
      August 11, 2011 at 1:30 pm

      Haha, I can’t say I actually went out and caught and cooked my own grasshopper. Although I do know a guy who does that with cicadas during their season. Me and my friend saw them on a menu at a place in DC so we went for it. They had a surprisingly strong flavor– did not “taste like chicken.”

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    Urban Tree Connection
    August 11, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    You were brave to try them!

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    August 13, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Wow!!!! I don’t think I could get past the crunchiness of the exoskeleton… OOO did i mention i’m a science geek???? Good for you for just going for it… I heard that in asian street markets they have insects for sale as delicasies. (is that spelled right??? hmmmm) You are right. They do pack a protein punch, but I don’t know if I could eat one. I could close my eyes and pinch my nose but with the first bite and the sounds that I fear I may hear I would probably end up spitting it out…. Thank you.. Love your blog

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    August 13, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Omg, at first I thought you came up with a grasshopper recipe! So glad you didn’t! LOL. Cute post, grasshoppers freek me out and now I’m even more freaked out to learn they have 5 eyes! Thanks for making me laugh, have a good day!

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      Grace@ FoodFitnessFreshAir
      August 13, 2011 at 7:31 pm

      I know, they’re so interesting! I’m not sure I could go out and cook them up myself….and needless to say, after giving them a try, I don’t think I’ll be eating them again.

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