UPDATE: It appears there’s a lot of discussion about the nutritional benefits and meaty flavor of cicadas. Indeed, the delicacy provides as much protein pound per pound as lean beef.
For the gastronomically adventurous, “Cicada-licious: Cooking and Enjoying Periodical Cicadas,” helpfully divided into chapters on appetizers, main dishes, and desserts, should provide you with an abundance of culinary inspiration. If you’re brave enough to cook up some chocolate covered cicadas, cicada dumplings, pizza or stir fry, please let us know about your results in comments. Bon Appetit!
The 17-year wait is finally over…a reader just sent us this photo of a brand new batch of juicy Magicicada cicadas from her neighbor’s yard on the sunny side of Lorraine Avenue in Montclair.
Nancy Stone says the insects suddenly appeared an hour ago, are brownish, and about 3/4 of an inch long. So far they’re silent, and not yet appearing on the shady side of the street.
“They’re really way grosser than I thought they’d be,” says Stone. “They’re just covering all over her plants. I didn’t think they’d be this bad. I won’t be able to sit outside and enjoy my flowers until they’re gone.”
Have you seen any yet? Are you thrilled and filled with awe? Or creeped out and planning your escape to someplace where there’s no Brood II?
Please post your reactions in comments–and prepare for the onslaught!