Journal of Biodiversity, Bioprospecting and Development

ISSN: 2376-0214

Open Access

Jharna Chakravorty

Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh-791112

  • Review Article
    Diversity of Edible Insects and Practices of Entomophagy in India: An Overview
    Author(s): Jharna ChakravortyJharna Chakravorty

    Insects, a traditional food in many parts of the world, are highly nutritious and especially rich in proteins and these represent a potential food and protein source. The ethnic people of India also consume insects as food. A review on the practices of entomophagy in India revealed that about 255 species of insects are taken as food by different tribes of India. Among these edible species of insects, consumption of coleopteran species was highest constituting about 34%; followed by Orthoptera (24%); Hemiptera (17%); Hymanoptera (10%); Odonatae (8%); Lepidoptera (4%); Isoptera (2%) and the least was Ephimeroptera (1%). Food insects are chosen by members of various tribes according to their traditional beliefs, taste, regional and seasonal availability of the edible insects. Depending on the species, only certain, but sometimes all, developmental stages are consumed. Preparation of the .. Read More»
    DOI: 10.4172/2376-0214.1000124

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