In Japan, The ‘Murder Hornet’ Is Considered A Delicacy

A new threat, the so-called 'murder hornets', caused headlines this week with their sudden arrival in the United States. Perhaps you've heard of them...

They're described as aggressive, 2-inch long insects, and have killed several people in recent years. But the fierce insects are already a presence in Japan - and a delicacy to boot. Yes, in Japan they really do eat murder hornets, also known as Asian Giant Hornets, frying them with rice in a dish call 'hebo-gohan'.

According to the New York Times, more than 30 restaurants in Tokyo have the giant hornets on their menu.

“People have compared it to a popcorn-y flavor without the butter,” Joseph Yoon, an independent chef and founder of Brooklyn Bugs, said. “Depending on how you prepare it, it can have different flavors.”

The insects are also used to make liquor, where their venom turns clear liquors into a dark amber color.

There's even a festival, called the Kushihara Hebo Matsuri, which is held every November in Japan's central Chūbu region. The festival celebrates the many hornet dishes, and they also hand out prizes for the largest hornet's nest.

“There couldn’t be a better time to talk about edible insects than during a pandemic,” Yoon added. “We’re talking about something that’s endorsed by the United Nations for nutrition and sustainability."

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Check out more details on The New York Times.

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