Gourmet Grubb, a new company based in Cape Town, South Africa produces ice cream made from insect milk. The goal is to introduce to the world community about insect-based eating.
The ice cream uses EntoMilk, an alternative dairy product made by combining the larvae of a tropical insect known as the Black Soldier Fly or the black army fly.
The United Nations has promoted insect farming as a sustainable alternative source of protein to feed the global population by 2050.
“We are beginning to change the way insects are seen, produced, and used in the food industry,” said Leah Bessa, who co-founded Gourmet Grubb in 2017, as reported by CNN.
Although more than 1,900 insect species are estimated to be consumed by humans worldwide, insects have not yet reached the mainstream of Western cuisine.
“We expect a lot of push back, but people are very open. Everyone likes ice cream,” Bessa told CNN.
The taste of Gourmet Grubb’s ice cream is the same as ice cream in general. There are chocolate flavors, peanut butter and Christmas spices. According to Bessa, EntoMilk has a “slightly understated tone” and gives ice cream a rich and soft taste.
But it is not just about the taste – Bessa said insect ice cream is also rich in nutrients. According to Gourmet Grubb, EntoMilk has five times higher protein than milk. The United Nations stated that insects provide nutrients that are compatible to meat and fish.
“Insects are basically high in fat, protein and minerals. Black army flies have protein and fat content that are fit to beef. The zinc, iron and calcium are much higher than beef,” Bessa said.
EntoMilk is also free of lactose and gluten, and unlike cow’s milk, EntoMilk does not contain carbohydrates or sugar. Another good thing is, EntoMilk is also environmentally friendly.
According to Gourmet Grubb, the production of EntoMilk also saves more water and energy to be produced than cow’s milk or alternative milk. “Insects need very little water, food, and space to grow,” Bessa explained.
“They also produce little or no greenhouse gas compared to traditional livestock.” he explained again.
Because insects can be farmed indoors in small and controlled environments, they can be maintained in urban areas, thereby reducing the impact of transporting milk to the city.
There is also the potential for insect farming to reduce waste. “Some insects, such as black fly larvae, have the ability to feed a variety of organic ingredients,” Bessa said. “For example, the remaining grain left over from brewing is used to feed larvae.”
At present, Gourmet Grubb ice cream is only distributed in South Africa, but the global edible insect market is estimated to reach $ 1.2 billion by 2023.
Last month, Gourmet Grubb also opened the concept of a pop-up shop, which includes savoury insect dishes such as insect powder paste, bean-larvae black croquette and hummus mopani worm, to be served with their ice cream.
“We need to find alternatives that are able to maintain population growth and create a sustainable and environmentally friendly agricultural system,” Bessa said.
“The only way EntoMilk can really make a difference and reduce the pressure from traditional milk is if it is received and consumed on a global scale.” he said again. [RN / bas]
Writer: Baskoro Dien
Translator: Muhammad Rizal Saanun