NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – After 17 years underground, millions upon millions of cicadas have begun to emerge across the region.
Soon enough, the noisy insects will be everywhere.
One entomologist is among those who see the emergence of the cicadas as a great gastronomic delicacy.
“They’re most edible when they first emerge from the ground. You can take them right from the tree, that’s when they’re nice and soft for the eating,” Isa Betancourt, entomologist with the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University in Philadelphia told WCBS 880’s Steve Scott.
“I kind of see them as the shrimp of the land, so I prepare them how my family prepares shrimp,” Betancourt added.