EAT WHAT YOU GROW: Mushroom and mealworm arancini

eat what you grow

Raising mealworms

Mealworms are the larval form of the yellow mealworm beetle, Tenebrio molitor. These little wrigglers aren't too picky, and will munch on most organic matter. However, raised at home, they can be easily kept on a diet of dry feed such as cereal or wheat bran (by-products of food processing), alongside small amounts of an edible moisture source such as carrots or potato.

Yellow mealworm larvae in a mixture of wheat bran
Yellow mealworm beetle (a species of darkling beetle) 

Harvesting mealworms

When mealworms are ready for harvest, their food source is removed for at least 24 hrs. They are then frozen and washed, before being prepared for dinner! This recipe features oven-dried mealworms, but they can also be roasted, sauteed or deep-fried (and more!).

Oven-dried mealworms 

Mushroom and mealworm arancini

Arancini are a great way to introduce entomophagy to the insect-curious in your life (and use your leftover veg!). Choose your favourite risotto recipe, then stir in ground, oven-dried mealworms to taste. Here, we have paired oven-dried mealworms with a mushroom risotto. Oven-dried mealworms have a subtle savouriness, with a flavour similar to raw walnuts and cereal – pairing perfectly with mushroom risotto. Once the risotto is ready, simply ball it up, crumb, deep-fry and enjoy!

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About Ishka Bless

A food scientist with a passion for human-centered approaches to sustainable food systems.