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Wild Black Ants

Wild black ants are a traditional edible insect species in China, being used as a functional ingredient in various tonics and health foods.

They are rich in nutrients and have various healthcare functions including regulating the immune system, anti-fatigue and anti-ageing. They are also rich in nutrients such as protein, vitamin E, essential amino acids, unsaturated fatty acids and minerals.

Reserves of formic acid within their bodies (which, when threatened, they eject against enemies) mean the wild black ants have a very acidic taste.

So with that in mind how about celery sticks with goat’s cheese topping & wild black ant sprinklings, insect caviar canapés, zingy salads or a Pimm’s with a difference!

They’re sourced from sustainable stocks and organically fed, free from artificial colours, flavourings or preservatives. 

Weight: 6g

Packaging: Sealed clear re-sealable pouch

Please note that cooked insects are brittle and may not arrive whole or intact following their time in transit.  

Price: £3.50

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Ingredients & allergens

Dehydrated Wild Black Ants (Polyrhachis) (100%) (crustaceans)

For allergens see ingredients in bold.

Produced in a facility that processes nuts.

Health

Insects are healthy, nutritious alternatives to mainstream staples such as chicken, pork, beef and even fish.

Many insects are rich in protein and good fats and high in calcium, iron and zinc.

Insects already form a traditional part of many regional and national diets.

Environmental

Insects promoted as food emit considerably fewer greenhouse gases (GHGs) than most livestock (methane, for instance, is produced by only a few insect groups, such as termites and cockroaches).

Insect rearing is not necessarily a land-based activity and does not require land clearing to expand production. Feed is the major requirement for land.

The ammonia emissions associated with insect rearing are also far lower than those linked to conventional livestock, such as pigs.

Because they are cold-blooded, insects are very efficient at converting feed into protein (crickets, for example, need 12 times less feed than cattle, four times less feed than sheep, and half as much feed as pigs and broiler chickens to produce the same amount of protein).

Insects can be fed on organic waste streams.

Livelihoods

Insect harvesting/rearing is a low-tech, low-capital investment option that offers entry even to the poorest sections of society.

Mini livestock offer livelihood opportunities for both urban and rural people.

Insect rearing can be low-tech or very sophisticated, depending on the level of investment.

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Gardens for Life is one of our projects. It's a living network of schools that explores the world through gardening, plants and growing food. The project helps schools create gardens and share their knowledge and experiences with other schools across the world.

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