Fly larvae ice cream is hitting the South African food market!
The Cape-Town-based company’s co-founders, Jean Louwrens and Leah Bessa wants to change the way people perceive eating insects with their gelato-style ice cream.
The ice cream is reportedly made from EntoMilk, a milk alternative made from the larvae of black soldier flies. The dairy-free ‘milk’ is also said to be lactose-, gluten- and sugar-free, and is high in protein, healthy fats, and minerals such as zinc, iron, and calcium.
“The name EntoMilk comes from the term ‘Entomophagy’, which is the practice of eating insects,” reads their official website. “And we have found a way to make an exceptionally healthy, sustainable, and environmentally friendly dairy alternative from Hermetia illucens.”
It also comes in three flavors namely dark chocolate, peanut butter, and chai latte.
Eat Out reports further that the ice cream are currently only available to Capetonians and can be purchased online, at the Neighbourgoods Market at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock, and at The Food Cube at Table Bay Mall. The Gourmet Grubb team will also be opening up a storefront in Woodstock at the end of March with some new flavours.
According to Gourmet Grubb, Black Soldier Fly Larvae can be farmed at large scale in urban environments and take up almost no physical space in comparison to livestock, while requiring very little food.
The time required to farm these insects are also measured in days, not months or years like other dairy or dairy alternative products.
Litre for litre, EntoMilk is more water and energy efficient to produce than any of its dairy or dairy alternative counterparts.
These insects do not produce greenhouse gases like typical agricultural animals, which are responsible for more than 60% of man-made greenhouse gases.
For those with animal welfare concerns, Gourmet Grubb says that insect breeding is not cruel.
“It actually caters to their natural habitat and behaviour.”