Edible Manchurian Scorpions

Also Called: Golden Scorpion, Armor Tailed Scorpion & Chinese Scorpion

MANCHURIAN SCORPIONS

These small and dramatic scorpions definitely have a ‘wow’ factor. Some say Manchurian Scorpions taste like shrimp, others say the taste has to be experienced. …are you adventurous enough?

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SCORPION CUISINE

Although in the west the thought of consuming a hard-shelled, venomous and sinister looking arachnid is regarded with apparent dismay, in many Asian countries Manchurian scorpions and their kin are readily consumed as a delicacy.

ABOUT THE MANCHURIAN SCORPION

The Manchurian scorpion, Mesobuthus martensii, also known as the Chinese or Golden Chinese scorpion, is a small golden-yellow scorpion native to northern and eastern Asia. Open sandy habitats are its preferred home…

Why Do Scorpions Glow?

It’s long been observed scorpions are fluorescent under ultraviolet light.  This is most observable under black lights, however, scorpions glow dimly under the moonlight as well.  The fluorescence is a result of a chemical reaction which occurs in the hyaline layer of the scorpion’s outermost layer of exoskeleton; the cuticle.

Manchurian Scorpion

Harvesting the Manchurian Scorpion

The Manchurian scorpion is well known for glowing under ultraviolet light (also known as black light) making it a buzzing party snack. But the real feat is in how they harvest them. In order to harvest the Manchurian scorpions they wear a hat with a black light attached and look around at night for the glowing scorpion. After finding them they either shoo them into a basket or pick them up by the stinger. They are later rinsed and served on a kebab, roasted, cooked or stir fried.

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FUN FACT: Many in Asia, and even western tourists, prefer eating live Manchurian Scorpions over cooked.

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FUN FACT:  In China it is believed that eating Manchurian Scorpions make your blood hotter in cold weather.

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