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Is it safe to eat a centipede?

My brother and I have recently had an interesting spell with eating bugs. We live in Hawaii and have the Scolopendromorpha centipedes here ... I'm curious if there is any danger to eating one live?

Go Ahead: You're safe
Like other venomous arthropods, particularly scorpions, the venom of centipedes breaks down upon cooking. David George Gordon, probably the best-known entomophagist in the U.S., has used Scolopendra in his cooking demonstrations and insect-chef cook-offs. When I went head-to-head against him in Richmond VA a few years ago, he served Scolopendra to the judges. They weren't crazy about it, but I found it had an interesting flavor.

It's unfortunate that so few of the BG community have warmed up to entomophagy. It's a wonderful way to connect with our arthropods, and of course it's the most responsible way to eat. More protein, vitamins, and minerals than most salads, and in fact just as nutritious as a lot of other animal proteins, without the environmental damage.

A little googling
"Scolopendras have found one more inbelievable(bearing in mind their outer appearance) application in people’s life: they are used in the Tailandian? and some parts of Africa’s cuisine. Bon appetit!" (The spelling isn't mine)
Here.
You'd better get the recipe; they are very poisonous.

just don't eat the slugs in HI...
angiostrongyliasis is becoming a big problem there.

Why
are you eating bugs anyways? I know groceries are expensive in Hawaii, but still....

Wouldn't recommend it
Centipedes are known for their chemical defenses, so there's a good chance they would be very unpleasant to eat, and perhaps even dangerously poisonous.

 
Ugh!
Too many legs and probably toxic as well. I'd rather have a nice salad :^)

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