The Common Earthworm (Lumbricus terrestris), is easy to digest, high in protein and loved by all sorts of birds, such as blackbirds and thrushes through to gulls, curlews and even buzzards. In addition, mammals such as hedgehogs, shrews, moles and badgers like nothing better than fat, juicy earthworms. They are also loved by fish, as many a fisherman will testify to.
Historically, humans (and not just inquisitive babies!) ate worms.
There is a book called ‚ÄúThe Worm Book: The Complete Guide to Worms in Your Garden‚Äù by Loren Nancarrow and Janet Hogan Taylor that has a whole chapter (admittedly only 2 pages long!) devoted to the preparation of worms for eating, followed by tasty (?) recipes.
Here‚Äôs one for earthworm meatloaf:
750g (1¬Ω lb) of ground beef
1 cup of boiled earthworms, finely chopped
1 packet of dry onion soup mix
1 cup evaporated milk
1 bell pepper chopped
1 slice of fresh bread torn into bits
Mix all the ingredients together and place in a loaf tin. Bake for an hour at 200oC/400oF.