Is this the Protein of the Future?
Forget broccoli coffee and the fad veggie trends that have taken social media by storm lately, the newest and healthiest version of powdered protein is in grasshopper form!
Grasshoppers are the most widely eaten insect in the world, containing 70% protein, they are high in amino acids and contain very little saturated fat. When producers look to alternative protein sources when meat supplies and plant supplies are under pressure, grasshoppers are a very viable solution.
Hargol FoodTech is based in Israel and is the first company in the world to grow commercial quantities of grasshoppers in climate controlled conditions.
By using the entire insect in their product, Hargol FoodTech's grasshopper powder has so many health benefits aside from protein - it is high in omega 3 and omega 6, iron, zinc and folic acid which is similar to ingredients in supplements for pregnant women.
It has also had connections with heart and brain health and could be used as a natural antibiotic.
On a worldwide basis, consuming insects is just another source of food, so to find out how they're grown and what recipes are best for grasshoppers, Sarah spoke to Dror Tamir, Co-founder & CEO of Hargol FoodTech.
Dror will be visiting Australia next year to attend the Agrifutures Evoke Food Farm Future Festival in Melbourne, to find out more about the event visit evokeag.com.
For more information about grasshopper farming and protein, and to give it a go yourself head to hargol.com.