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NBC’s Hallie Jackson dines on cicada scampi, describes her as “pretty good”

Damn good appetite.

Scientists, nutritionists and food adventurers have long advocated for humans to view insects as a sustainable food source, prompting Hallie Jackson of NBC News to feast on a rare treat: the 17-year-old grasshopper.

Jackson tasted cicada scampi at Thip Khao restaurant in Washington, DC, in footage aired Wednesday on “Hallie Jackson Reports.”

“It’s actually pretty good,” Jackson told viewers. “I sent a box of chocolate covered cicadas to some of the family.”

Thip Khao chef Seng Luangrat said she was happy to share her cicada creation with customers.

“To me it’s more exciting than as you know scary or scary,” she told MSNBC. “It’s like oh my god, this is gonna be my next meal.”

Billions of cicadas emerged from the basement for the first time in 17 years to participate in a noisy month-long mating ritual. Periodic insects, also known as Brood X, spend most of their lives underground feeding on tree roots, before digging tunnels to the surface to search for mates.

With warm weather invading much of America, sightings of large insects have been reported in a dozen states, ranging from Illinois in the west, Georgia in the south, and New York in the northeast.

Young cicadas, called “nymphs”, climb to shed their skin one last time and turn into adults. They will only have a few weeks to sing, mate, and start the cycle again.

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