Roberts Bakery has announced it has made the ‘first-ever’ insect bread, using cricket flour to give a crunchy texture to the loaf. Roberts’ bread is made using cricket flour from Eat Grub, a specialist insect food brand. The crickets are dried out, ground with wheat flour and grains and then baked.
The new Crunchy Cricket loaf was created in the bakery’s concept kitchen in celebration of ‘I’m A Celebrity’, which is currently airing for its 19th season. In the reality TV show, contenders are put through infamous ‘Bushtucker Trials’ in which they have to eat insects in order to earn food for their team back at camp.
They are also low in fat and contain good fatty acids, calcium, iron, vitamin B12 and vitamin C. And due to the high levels of fibre found in them, they’re also considered to be good for the gut.
In a number of countries insects are actually considered to be a delicacy. The practice of insect-eating is called “entomophagy” and the UN estimates that at least two billion people eat insects – many of which have eaten them traditionally for generations, Over 1,900 species are used for food.
Insect-eating is considered environmentally-friendly and sustainable, too, as farming insects uses less land, water and feed than conventional livestock farming.
Alison Ordonez, Head of Innovation at Roberts Bakery, commented on the launch: “As well as having very strong sustainability and environmental credentials, insects are also seriously tasty and shouldn’t be overlooked as a great recipe ingredient. Our Cricket Loaf provides consumers with a good source of protein and an easy way to familiarise themselves with insect-based food.”