Below is an outline of the Edible Insect Grading System developed by Entosense, LLC. and used on this website. Since edible insects can range from unidentifiable to whole insects, this grading system will let you know what to expect.
Please keep in mind, most insects sold as food, are generally not whole and can be broken to the point of being unrecognizable.
NOTE: This is an open-source grading system that can be adopted by any edible insect producer.
Culinary Grade Insects
Culinary grade insects are not perfect. The look of the insect is not as important as Ornamental or Specimen grade. Culinary grade insects are the complete insect but they may be broken in to pieces even to the point of being powder.
|A. Mostly whole and easily identifiable
B. In pieces but generally identifiable
C. Hard to tell what the insect is
D. Crushed or powder
Ornamental Grade Insects
Insects marked as Ornamental Grade are generally complete and in good condition.
Some damage may occur in shipping because they are still packaged as food.
|A. Whole insect
B. Minor blemishes or breaks
Specimen Grade Insects
Insects marked as Specimen Grade are complete and carefully packaged.
They can be used as food or for display.
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