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Eden & Alpha Host Portland’s First Pop-Up ‘Pestaurant’

Front of OMSI with logo There are over 1,900 edible bugs on the planet. Washington and Oregon pest control experts state that bugs are a great source of protein and healthy fats, produce less methane gas than livestock, take up less room to rear, and are less likely to transmit diseases to humans than other sources of protein. On September 27, 2015, Eden Pest and Alpha Ecological Pest Control hosted a “Pestaurant” at OMSI’s Harvest Festival as part of the food science demonstration on the main stage.

Making Bugs Tasty

With the help of Ryan Morgan, executive chef of Bon Appétit at OMSI, Eden Pest and Alpha Ecological showed visitors how to create nutritious meals that also taste good. The menu included:

  • Ants on a log: Celery sticks filled with almond butter and garnished with ants
  • Waterbugs
  • Giant centipedes
  • Rhinoceros beetles
  • Crickets: Visitors tried them on a cracker with almond butter
  • Chocolate chirp cookies made with cricket flour, which contain 15 percent protein
  • Salted silkworm pupae: Some tasters thought they tasted like Corn Nuts
  • Sweet chile grasshopper canapés: Crackers with a sweet chile jelly spread topped with grasshoppers
  • Grasshoppers: Some tasters thought they tasted salty, while others didn’t think they had much flavor
  • White chocolate-covered super worms
  • Tarantula

About 80 percent of the world’s population regularly consumes insects by choice. The Oregon and Washington pest control experts at Eden and Alpha demonstrated that pests aren’t always a bad thing. During the “Pestaurant” event, Eden and Alpha donated $1 to the Portland Public School’s meal program for every bug eaten. In addition to keeping your home or business safe, Eden’s priority is to give back to the community. Learn more about the causes we support.

Never hesitate to contact Eden about any of your pest control needs.



[Photo by: thekirbster via CC License]

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