The mass emergence of cicadas on the East Coast of North America has provided a lot of “local food” and opportunity for creative chefs to experiment with new dishes. Blue Ribbon Hunter films Chef Bun Lai preparing smoked spicy cicada. The dish is “crunchy” like popcorn and piquant from the spices and lime.
The periodic cicada emergence on the East Coast of North America has faded so this post is a bit late for the periodic cicadas. Dog Day Cicadas require more persistence to catch, but they would probably work in this recipe. Thinking ahead? Brood III is expected to emerge in Iowa in 2014 with populations extending across the river into Western Illinois and Western Missouri. Residents there are in for a treat.