The thought of eating insects might make your skin crawl, but some would argue that they're delicious and a great source of protein.
At least the folks at startup Livin Farms would say so. According to them, mealworms are a superfood containing meat and plant-based proteins - and with a crispy texture, slightly nutty flavor and overall neutral taste, are quite appealing.
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As a result, Livin Farms has created the world's first edible kitchen-top hive - providing the ideal microclimate for mealworms to develop, breed and skirm around until they're ready to be frozen and cooked.
The 24-inch tall tower, with a 82° F temperature and 60 percent air humidity, has several shelving units designed for the various stages of the mealworm breeding process, from a beetle tray up top where mealworm pupae hatch into beetles to another unit for the beetle eggs and yet another for mealworms to feed on scraps of veggies, fruits and oats. A bottom tray uses mild vibration to trigger the next life stage (pupae), enabling the process to start all over again at the top of the tower.
The maturing process takes about six weeks, and mealworms travel one tray down in the tower each week when the user presses the harvest button.
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Investors are showing a surprising appetite for this type of product, contributing to more than $40,000 in funding so far on the project's Kickstarter page. The project has 56 more days to go to reach its pledged goal of $100,000.
If all goes as planned, the units will begin shipping in November 2016. Soon after, mealworms will be breeding in various countertop hives throughout the country.
via Gizmag and Kickstarter