FDA Issues Warning to Avoid Eating Cicadas if You Have a Seafood Allergy

Cicadas might seem like a crispy, protein-packed snack, but people with seafood allergies should think twice about eating them, according to the US Food and Drug Administration.

"We have to say it," the FDA said in a tweet Wednesday. "Don't eat #cicadas if you're allergic to seafood as these insects share a family relation to shrimp and lobsters."

But, if you happen to not have an allergy to shellfish, you're in luck!

A lot chefs and home cooks have been experimenting already with recipes incorporating the cicadas since their arrival in mid-May, wrapping them in rice like sushi, filling tacos with them or using them to garnish chocolate cookies. You can read more about it here, and watch below as Chef Tobias Padovano’s prepares this limited-time dish.

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