According to Gene Kritsky, biologist and cicada expert at College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio, the best time to eat a cicada is just after they break open their youthful skin. “When you eat them when they’re soft and mushy, when they come out of their skin, they taste like cold, canned asparagus.”.
Thanks to Wayne Harris, our Florida wildlife biologist, for identifying the shell for me. I thought it was some kind of beetle exoskeleton. Who knew I had missed out on a gourmet treat? (Not that cold, canned asparagus exactly fits into that category. Guess it depends on how long you’ve been in the woods.)