The Case For Eating Worms

Nutritious? Yes. Tasty? Less certain.

robin eating a worm
Earthworms are a great source of protein.Flickr user Ingrid Taylar

Looking to diversify your diet? You might consider the humble earthworm. NPR has a few tips for harvesting and cooking the slimy beasts.

Earthworms are packed with protein, iron, calcium and other nutrients. The trouble is, they literally taste like dirt. "Whatever the bug has been eating, frequently they will taste something like that," Daniella Martin, author of Edible: An Adventure Into the World of Eating Insects And The Last Great Hope To Save The Planet, told NPR.

So, while worms are enjoyed by people around the world, the bugs might have some trouble winning over the uninitiated. Still, even if worms fail to catch on more widely, they might find their niche as a snack for more popular fish or poultry.