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  1. #1
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    Default What to do with drone larvae?

    Got some culled drone brood? Don't discard them -- I learned they can be used creatively in cooking. Jeff, the author of this video, wrote: "Cooking Hachinoko Fritters from unwanted drone comb from bee hives. Tastes great." For the recipe, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EecacV6mFuc

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    Default Re: What to do with drone larvae?

    I asked on the forum if larva can be eaten, Michael Bush said they are not too good.
    I will be trying to stir fry some, with some powder chile and garlic, I will let you know if they are good.

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    Default Re: What to do with drone larvae?

    Apparently "Hachinoko" is eaten in Japan, but I do not know how the Japanese use it in their cuisine. I would imagine brood eaten raw might not be especially yummy -- probably rather bland. The fritter recipe had drone larvae and pupae (mostly white), about the same volume of fresh sweet corn kernels, shallot, green onion, minced garlic, egg, flour, salt, and a homemade chile sauce. The brood was there as a protein source, but I imagine the sweet corn, onion, garlic, and chile sauce provided the dominant flavors.

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    Default Re: What to do with drone larvae?

    I would imagine brood eaten raw might not be especially yummy
    I have been told by a beekeeper that took a bite of comb honey that had brood on the other side of the comb that the brood was bitter
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    Default Re: What to do with drone larvae?

    Could be that cooking mellows the flavor -- think of raw vs. cooked onion or garlic. Also a bitter flavor might fit in okay with the other flavors in the fritter. But I'm just guessing here, since I haven't tried it.

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    Default Re: What to do with drone larvae?

    This was not brood, but a bee flew into my coffee and I drank her up, chewed her on the way down, tasted bitter green to me, and was crunchy even tho soaked in coffee.

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