Anyone fancy a free meal? Well, in this case you might want to think carefully about your answer, as the food on offer at Rentokil’s Pestaurant in Killarney this weekend includes a rather unusual and unexpected main ingredient…..insects.
Whether you’re in Killarney for the Historic Rally or just down to do a spot of Christmas shopping be sure to pop into the Liebherr Car Park for a meal you’ll never forget!
Some people, like me, just cannot stomach the idea of eating bugs. Yet millions of people across the world enjoy an insect-rich diet benefiting from the high levels of protein and zinc found in some common insects. Dieters amongst you also beware – insects are low in fat!
For one day only our pop-up Pestaurant will introduce the delights of mealworm burgers, crickets, ants and worms for FREE to promote the recognition of insects as a viable food source.
In a world with increasing demands on crops, eating insects may help to fight world hunger according to a UN report in 2013.
Pop along to meet some of our pest experts who will becheering on the Rally drivers but also dishing out advice on how to deal with common pest problems and answer any pest related concerns local to your home or neighbourhood.
If this isn’t enough to entice you….
How about a sneak preview of our menu below to whet your appetite?
Come and join us at Liebherr Car Park, Fossa, Killarney on Saturday the 29th of November from 10:30am-11:30am and again from 1:30pm- 2:30pm.
We hope to see you there!
Key facts about edible insects
1. The consumption of insects, or entomophagy, contributes positively to the environment and to health and livelihoods
2. According to a report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, over 2 billion people worldwide already supplement their diet with insects
3. More than 1,900 species have reportedly been used as food. Insects are high in protein, B vitamins and minerals like iron and zinc, and are low in fat
4. 100g of grasshopper can carry 20.6g of protein, 35.3mg of calcium and 5mg of iron
5. Eating insects can help boost nutrition and reduce carbon footprint
6. Insects are everywhere and they reproduce quickly. They have high growth and feed conversion rates and a low environmental footprint
7. Globally the most consumed insects are beetles, caterpillars, bees, wasps and ants
8. Farming and harvesting insects takes very little water and energy compared to livestock, grains and vegetables
9. Insects are often described to have a ‘nutty’ taste
10. Insect farming is seen as one of the most effective ways to address food and feed security as the human population grows
11. Insects can be an important food supplement for undernourished children
12. Insects are also extremely efficient in converting feed into edible meat. Crickets for example, need 12 times less feed than cattle to produce the same amount of protein
13. 100g of cricket contains 121 calories vs. 288 calories in 100g of beef