Can you eat bees?

In this article, we will answer the question “Can you eat bees?”, and what do bees taste like?

Can you eat bees?

Yes, you can eat bees unless you are allergic to them. Plus bees contain bee poison known as Apitoxin which causes your throat and mouth to swell if swallowed or ingested. Moreover, dead bees are a big no.

Bees die when they are subjected to some kind of poison like pesticides. Eating such bees equates to self-poisoning. All things considered, it is not recommended to eat bees because they protect our environment.

For example, bees pollinate fruits and plants. They give us honey which is known for its medical uses. Bee venom is effective in treating cancerous tumors.

What does eating a bee feel like?

If you accidentally swallowed a bee, the aftermath is not very pleasant. Yes, you will feel irritation later on because you just ingested a venomous bee. Besides, the live be will try its best to escape your mouth and sting you in the mouth to escape.

Do humans eat bees?

Yes, humans eat bees. Regular consumers of bees prefer bees in their larval form when they are immature and have not developed their defenses. 

It is roughly estimated that more than 2 billion are staunch and regular eaters of bees, and why not, as the bees are packed with nutrients, are plentiful, and economical. However, for most parts of the world, eating bees is a delicacy.

Can you eat bee larvae?

Yes, you can eat bee larvae. They are moist, defenseless (lack a stinger), crunchy, and nutritious with a reasonable taste. In countries like Thailand, Mexico, and Australia., bee larvae are added to soups and egg dishes or either dried. 

You can safely eat the honeycomb with the larvae, wax, and honey. It is a delicious treat but a rich-in-sugar one so you must make a choice.

What do bees taste like?

Young bees have a somewhat smoky or nutty taste. Older bees impart give off a slightly bitter taste. But adult bees have a very crunchy texture. You can mask the bitter or off-flavor by coating the bees in honey or sugar.

What do fried bees taste like?

The smoky taste is persistent with the fried bees. Since the bees are high in fat and fat acts as a carrier of flavors, you can mask the original or raw flavor of bees by frying it with your favorite spices.

Is it legal to kill bees?

It is not illegal to kill bees but it is restricted and discouraged. The state forbids the use of certain pesticides that damage the bee population. 

Bees that belong to a beekeeper’s hive should not be killed. You must devise a way to get rid of the pest hive instead of killing or poisoning them because poison spreads like wildfire from one bee to the other. This could endanger the bee population. 

Some of the methods to deter a beehive include the use of smoke, garlic spray, peppermint, cinnamon, and citronella, etc. All of these methods could make the bees surround and sting you in defense so you need to be quick.

Can bees feel pain?

A study was conducted where the bees were intentionally injured and offered both, a medicated syrup containing morphine and a non-medicated syrup. 

Surprisingly, the bees did not have a preference for the medicated syrup. This proves that they do not feel pain because if they did, they would be desperately looking for relief. But this does not discount the importance of the presence of bees in our environment.

How to eat honeycomb?

Honeycomb is an excellent sweetener. You can spread it like jam on a warm toast or English muffins. Place a piece of honeycomb on top of a salad, yogurt, pancakes, oatmeal, or on the side of fruits, charcuterie, or aged cheeses. Honeycomb can be bought online, or from your local health food store or farmer’s market.

Potential dangers of eating honeycomb

Honey or honeycomb is commonly infected with C.botulinum spores which are particularly dangerous for immunocompromised individuals including pregnant women and children below 12 months of age.

Excessive consumption of honeycomb could cause stomach obstructions. To avoid this, eschew the waxy honeycomb cells. 

People with allergies to bee venom or pollen should stay away from honeycombs. Weight-conscious people may want to skip eating honeycomb due to its high sugar content.

Benefits of eating honeycomb

Honeycomb protects the heart by lowering LDL cholesterol and raising HDL cholesterol. It boosts your ability to fight fungal or bacterial infections. Besides, honeycomb improves liver health, treats cough in children, and is a great sugar substitute for diabetics.

Conclusion

In this article, we answered the question “Can you eat bees?”, and what do bees taste like?

References

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/raw-honeycomb#dangers

Hello, I'm Sana Ameer. I'm a student of Food Science and Technology at UVAS. I like to bake and I aspire to become a Food blogger.