The best time to eat cicadas is just after the nymphs break
open their skin and before the exoskeleton turns hard. It is
best to collect these in the early morning, just after they
have emerged but before they have time to climb up out reach.
The best way to do this is to simply go outside with a brown
paper bag and start scooping them in. You can cook with them
immediately, or refrigerate them (they will remain alive but
will mature much more slowly).
If any of you are adventurous you can try this recipe...
1 cup Worcestershire sauce
60 freshly emerged 17-year cicadas
4 eggs, beaten
3 cups flour
Salt and pepper to season the flour
1 cup corn oil or slightly salted butter
Marinate cicadas alive in a sealed container in Worcester-
shire sauce for 1-2 hours.
Dip them in the beaten egg, roll them in the seasoned flour
and then gently saute until they are golden brown.
Deep fried cicadas are preferred to be eaten with hot mustard
or cocktail sauce. Any sauce used for lobster should also
work well to garnish cicadas.
It seems to be the perfect appetite killer.