For most people, Japanese culinary weirdness starts and stops with raw fish, seafood, and natto, the notoriously foul-smelling fermented soybeans. But anyone who has dug a little deeper into the food culture of these islands knows that because of its very difficult geography and limited resources, the Japanese in the past have turned to some very unusual sources of nutrition, and especially protein. The Takeo Tokyo Diving Beetles Snack is one such source still available and consumed in Japan today.
Yes, there are real beetles in this pack! As a matter of fact, they are two species of water beetles: gengoro diving beetles and gamushi water scavenger beetles. Both popular throughout Southeast Asia for their rich levels of protein and calcium, these are certainly an acquired taste that brings to your mouth the taste of Japan's lakes and rivers. If you feel ready to explore more aspects of Japan's diverse food palette, this is where you start!
The Takeo Tokyo Diving Beetles Snack features:
- 1 pack of genuine beetle snacks
- Ingredients: predaceous diving beetles, water scavenger beetles, salt
- Weight: 15 g (0.5 oz)
- Store away from direct exposure to sunlight and high temperatures
- Beetles are from Thailand
- Consume within 1 month of opening
- Actual beetles may vary from images
- Not recommended for people with shrimp or shellfish allergies
- Instructions: Japanese