Bugs are largely "taste-malleable," which means that their taste depends on their diet. Insects come from a variety of environments and eat a wide range of plants—after all, they comprise the majority of the animal biomass on Earth. That makes the potential for flavor endless.
For example, small crickets taste like nutty shrimp whereas bigger ones taste like nutty chicken. Grasshoppers have a peanut or chicken flavor, and stink bugs are said to taste like apples. Arachnids taste like light, earthy crustaceans—some even argue that arachnids are tastier than crustaceans because lobsters and crabs are bottom feeders, whereas arachnids catch their prey live. Larvae are also tasty: wax moth caterpillars share flavors with enoki mushrooms an pine nuts, and bee larvae taste like chanterelle mushrooms and bacon. Some others, though, "defy description," says Daniella Martin in The Huffington Post. One such bug is the giant water beetle, which she says tastes like "melon soaked in banana-rose brine, with the consistency of red snapper."
It will probably be a while before Americans embrace bugs in their diet, but the next time you have the opportunity, don't pass up a bug-based feast. You never know what flavors you'll miss. Find out how to cook them for yourself in the videos below.