I’m a Star Trek fan, I’ve watched all the series and the new movies. One species I really like in Star Trek is Klingons. They are fearless warriors who fight and die with honour. On a side note one of my language apps for learning Chinese released Klingon recently, which is really funny, but I don’t have time because you can guess, learning Chinese is already hard enough. Back to Klingons, they have all sorts of weird foods, one in particular has always intrigued me as it came back every now and then: Gagh.
Gagh is a Klingon delicacy of serpent worms. It is claimed to be best served very live.
The 60 day bug challenge is all about trying new things, but is Gagh just one step too much?
Maybe so, worms aren’t actually insects, but since they are often tossed in the same bag as “Creepy Crawlies” I’m going to try them anyways.
On the internet it is hard to find information about eating worms. So, let this be as informative as possible for people who are, like me, interested in the subject.
I recorded myself eating my own worms, I think you should watch the video before finishing reading the article.
Most people I asked told me the species Eisenia fetida would probably taste really bad, since “fetida” stands for “bad smell”. And if you watched the video, you’ll know the answer to that.
I explained briefly the purging process I used, but I’ll write it down so it can be easier to find for future use:
- Get a box with enough ventilation and put some moist cornmeal inside. (Not too wet or it will rot very fast.)
- Put your worms into this box. (Preferably not Eisenia fetida, now I know.)
- Keep in a cool place.
- After 24h, get rid of the dirt on the surface.
- After 48-72h, get rid of the cornmeal, rinse thoroughly your worms.
- They are now ready and purged.
Spoiler alert, I will be cooking with worms again tomorrow, yeah, once is not enough, I want to torture myself. Just this time, they will not be raw, so let’s hope for the best. Edit: After trying to cook them, they secreted their liquid again, and it smelled really awful. I think the problem really comes from the species, I will not be eating worms tomorrow, I will have to find new worms!
Thinking back, I made 2 main mistakes. The first one is the species, I should have got something else. The second one, I think is the soy sauce, the worms seemed agonizing, and I think they might have secreted something unpleasant, as a defence mechanism, maybe just swallowing them quickly would have been ok. That’s maybe why I managed to eat the first fork, but not the second.
Anyways, I didn’t get the chance to describe the taste on my video, it was something very very acid. As if I drank a solution you weren’t supposed to even smell in chemistry class (without the burning part) that’s me talking from experience.
It’s the first time I was not looking forward to rating time… On a scale from 1 to 10:
- The Gagh would score a 0/10. That is not between 1 and 10, but it definitely deserves the worse possible rating. I’m not a picky eater, if I have to, I’ll eat pretty much anything, even if I don’t like it, but I just couldn’t.
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