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December 21, 2016

Eat bugs in style with BUGBUG cutlery

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Futuristic Utensils to Help You Eat Bugs

By now, you've probably heard that eating bugs is in your future.

Insects are protein-rich and efficient to farm.

Chefs are already whipping up recipes for curried grasshoppers, buffalo worm nuggets, and chocolate mealworm spread — although, of course, the easiest way of tucking in to these delicacies is just eating the insects whole.

So what's stopping you?

If it's merely the lack of an appropriate utensil holding you back, designer Wataru Kobayashi has you covered.

In his new project, BUGBUG, Kobayashi introduces a set of cutlery (top) that'll have you gleefully crunching exoskeletons, scooping scorpions, and sinking your teeth into a different style of wing.

Bugs face barriers on their journey to become a global foodstuff.

"People seem not to take [the idea of] eating insects positively or seriously," he says. "We haven't prepared to eat insects as a daily meal."

So Kobayashi decided to make it easier to imagine.

The BUGBUG starter set contains five utensils: two sets of spear-ended chopsticks (one long pair and one short), a paddle for crushing and scooping, a fork with tiny tines and, most intriguingly, a set of extremely precise pincers that fit over the bearer's thumb and middle finger.

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Each is made of sustainable, long-lasting materials like brass and cherrywood, and the whole set comes with a vegan-leather carrying case and a set of small, suspiciously petri-like dishes.

Promotional pictures depict a perfect hipster picnic: diners spear grubs and scarf scorpions alongside hummus, red wine, and a cream-cheese-and-mealworm sandwich.

Alas, you can't get your paws on BUGBUG yet — it is, thus far, only a prototype.

And if history is any guide, early adopters should expect some backlash.

When the dinner fork was first brought to Europe by noblewoman Maria Argyropoulina in 1004 A.D., it was met with jeers and condemnation ("God in his wisdom has provided man with natural forks — his fingers," one local clergyman insisted).

Times change, though, and it helps to be prepared. When the bug-eating future inevitably arrives, are you really going to want to start with your hands?

December 21, 2016 at 12:01 PM | Permalink


Comments

Even if I could look past the gushy parts, (like I do in clams for instance) it's the exoskeleton that has no appeal for me, yuck, ptooey!

Posted by: tamra | Dec 25, 2016 3:25:50 AM

Cronenberg meets E. Scissorhands meets any cat.

Posted by: Flautist | Dec 23, 2016 6:07:35 PM

If ever I wanted to eat bugs, I do not see what these monstrosities do that I cannot do with chopsticks.

Posted by: antares | Dec 22, 2016 2:11:36 AM

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