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Tube grubs

Tube grubs were a larva-like animal eaten as a delicacy by the Ferengi. Tube grubs were usually eaten live, though they could also be minced or fried. Fresh tube grubs were preferred cold. (DS9: "Homefront", "Ferengi Love Songs", "Profit and Lace", "The Emperor's New Cloak")

During his time at Starfleet Academy, Nog frequented the restaurant Sisko's in New Orleans as it was the only establishment on Earth that offered live tube grubs. In 2372, Joseph Sisko was considering adding them to the menu, cooked with a remoulade. Nog thought this odd, as he regarded the grubs' wriggling an essential part of the culinary experience. (DS9: "Homefront")

Ishka offered to make tube grubs for Quark and even pre-chew them, when he visited her in 2373, but Quark stated he'd never liked her grubs. (DS9: "Ferengi Love Songs")

Benjamin Sisko made a meal that included a sauce of pureed tube grubs for Jake and Nog in late 2373. Jake enjoyed them until he found out what they were, subsequently gagging into his napkin. (DS9: "Blaze of Glory")

Ishka had a late-night craving for fresh tube grubs when she visited Deep Space 9 in 2374. She was disappointed that only minced grubs were available. (DS9: "Profit and Lace")

In 2375, the mirror universe Brunt served fried tube grubs to Quark and Rom. (DS9: "The Emperor's New Cloak")

Background information

Food offered to Captain Jean-Luc Picard

According to a line cut from DS9: "Family Business", tube grubs can also be served with millipede sauce.

Tube grubs resemble the food eaten by Starfleet Command personnel while under the control of the parasitic beings in TNG: "Conspiracy", because both props used mealworms.

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