In ancient Palestine, then known as Canaan, locust swarms often reached plague
proportions and could lead to famine. When crops were wiped out by large insects, it is logical to eat
the insects themselves, thus avoiding starvation. Locusts were one of the few insects that were
considered "kosher" for the ancient Jews. This custom continued into the
first century A.D. and was
practiced by John the baptist. The dead sea scrolls mention the preparation of locusts as food. Eating
insects may offend our modern sensibilities, but grasshoppers are are actually pretty nutritious and
make a good source of protein.
Though we think of grasshoppers as being green, they actually come
in a variety of colors, especially in
the wings as these pictures illustrate.