When the rainy season begins in southern Mexico, flying ants called Chicatanas begin to leave their nests for mating. These insects swarm, often near streetlights where they are captured and placed into plastic bags.
Apparently, they are very aggressive and have quite a painful bite. After they are collected they are washed and grilled on a comal; a metal dish that is normally used to grill tortillas.
- Elotes and Esquites in San Cristobal de Las Casas, Mexico
- Eating Crickets in Cambodia
- Eating Guinea Pig in Peru
- Eating Cobra in Vietnam
The local indigenous people have been gathering and eating these insects since ancient times.
Usually, they are ground up with garlic, salt, and chilies in a molcajete and made into salsa. They are supposed to be good just salted with a little chili powder and lime and eaten as snacks with beer or tequila.
I have a pretty strong stomach and a definite joy of trying new things, but honestly, I couldn’t really ever say I loved eating
Gross! When we were in Thailand we tried fried crickets, and I felt kind of the same about those — they were okay, but the legs tickled and the crunch was weird. I’ll pass next time… 🙂
Maybe they should dip them in chocolate to make them taste better 🙂