Let’s Talk Crickets — Q&A With Coast Cricket Protein

What is cricket flour?

Cricket flour is dried crickets in a powdered form. Coast purchases our organic cricket flour from a Canadian farm that has been in business since 2008.

How is cricket flour environmentally sustainable?

Crickets are hyper efficient at converting resources — water, feed, land — into protein on a pound for pound basis compared to traditional forms of animal protein. They can thrive on pre-consumer waste like organics that don’t sell at the supermarket. Crickets can be grown close to urban environments and there are companies and academic institutions alike that are making exciting innovations in that area.

Can you use cricket flour in baking?

You certainly can but it doesn’t bake the same way as wheat flour. Our protein bars are made raw with cricket flour and whole ingredients like nuts seeds bound together by dried fruit. We have also launched protein powders through Kickstarter that can be used as a nutritional supplement in shakes or smoothies.

What is the nutritional value of consuming crickets as a form of protein?

Crickets are 60% protein by weight and contain a wide array of vitamins and minerals as well as a robust amino acid profile. They are a protein that is gluten-free and lactose-free which is helpful for people who have problems digesting whey. Cricket flour is high in dietary fiber, iron, calcium, magnesium, and Vitamin B12. Because of all these natural vitamins and nutrients, we don’t need to fortify our products with any artificial additives and can just focus on making them taste great.

If you were a fruit or vegetable what would you be and why?

I would be a pineapple because they are the International Fruit of Hospitality and I enjoy hosting people at my place!

What is your most interesting cricket fact? 

You can tell the outside temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit) by counting the chirps of a cricket in a 14 second period and then adding 40°F. The Celsius equation is count number of chirps in 25 seconds, divide by 3, then add 4°C.

Coast Protein Team at our Lonsdale location. 

 

Interview by: Candice Savage
The Juicery Co.

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