Cricket protein is probably a new topic for you.
And—as you might imagine—we get a lot of questions as a supplier of cricket protein powders and energy bars.
This article is going to cover three of the questions we get over and over again.
- How much protein is in a cricket?
- What does cricket protein taste like?
- How is cricket protein made?
1. How much protein is in a cricket?
There is approximately 0.3 - 0.325grams of protein in a single cricket.
Crickets are 60-65% protein by weight. And crickets weigh approx. 0.5grams.
That may not seem like much, but consider that one cow is less than 20% protein. Lean cow meat on it's own is 23-30% protein.
This is quite significant because when you compare what it takes to produce 1lb of cricket protein vs 1lb of protein from beef, beef requires:
- 2000x more water
- 13x more land; and
- 5x more feed.
Not to mention beef produces 2800x more greenhouse gases than crickets.
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2. What does cricket protein taste like?
If you've never had cricket flour before—plain cricket powder—then there's a good chance your imagination is misleading you about what it tastes like.
It's surprisingly plain.
Whenever people try it for the first time it's always an underwhelming, yet pleasant experience.
Tastes pretty good if you ask me!
If you held a gun to my head and asked me to describe exactly what does cricket protein taste like, then I'd have to say it has a very subtle nutty, earthy taste. On it's own it's not the tastiest thing on earth, but it's not bad tasting either.
And when you mix it with other ingredients it blends well and adopts that flavor. As anyone who has ever tried our cricket protein powder and cricket protein bars will tell you.
If you've always been curious about trying cricket protein, then you should order from us today. We back our products with a 100% happiness guarantee and will refund you if you don't enjoy your order.
"Tastes just like peanuts!"
3. How is cricket protein made?
Cricket flour (plain cricket powder) is made from milled crickets.
I know what you're thinking. And the answer is: no, we don't go out into the fields every time an order comes through to try and capture enough crickets.
We source our crickets from a cricket farm in Ontario—Entomo Farms.
At Entomo, they take great care to ensure the process is as sustainable and humane as possible. They house crickets in 'cricket condos'.
"Crickets are naturally a swarming species, and like being in a dark, warm place. The condos allow the crickets to live in a way as close as possible to how they would live in the natural world. They are free to hop from feed station to feed station, and can burrow deep into the condos if they so choose until it is harvesting time, which comes near the end of their natural life cycle.
As deep-rooted environmentalists, it was very important to all members of the Entomo Farms team that the crickets be treated as humanely as possible for their short time here on Earth. Crickets only live about 6 weeks. The chirping sound you hear from crickets on a warm summer’s night, come only from mature crickets who have come to the end of their lives. Harvesting the crickets only occurs at the end of their life cycle."
So there you have it. Crickets are dense in protein content, with a whopping 0.3grams per cricket. They have a subtle earthy, nutty flavor. And they are 'farmed' in cricket condos. Hope you enjoyed today's read.
Please let me know if you have any questions you would like us to cover in future articles in the comment section below!