Whole crunchy crickets will be sold alongside healthy takeaway brand Abokado’s new spring menu, available across all 23 sites from tomorrow (14 May).
The chili and lime roasted insects from Eat Grub will be available as a customisable range of toppings for salads, poke bowls and hotpots.
The critters will also be available in grab packets alongside snacks such as nuts, edamame and popcorn.
Abokado, which claims to be the first grab-and-go offering to stock the grubs, said the product was nutritious and environmentally-friendly – requiring only a fraction of the land, water and feed needed to rear traditional livestock.
Managing director Kara Alderin, explained: “Abokado is all about customisation and offering our customers variety of different options to enhance their meals. We currently have around 12 unique toppings and dressings on offer, and this is an exciting addition to the range.
“Quirky maybe, but packed with flavour and protein, these little crickets are the way forward in healthy, sustainable snacking. Abokado has always prided itself on paving the way with new ideas and this is a natural step in our innovation.
“Don’t forget that 15 years ago when Mark and Lindsay founded Abokado, sushi was still not a mainstream food in the UK. The same goes for kale, quinoa and chia… all now a firm part of our daily diets. In a few years insects will also be a normalised food in our everyday diet.”
Abokado has said the edible insects are a source of protein as well as containing all nine essential amino acids and minerals such as iron and calcium.