Yet another new article about food that includes insects!

“Escamoles: Escamoles are the eggs of the giant black Liometopum ant, which makes its home in the root systems of maguey and agave plants. “

You can also read a bit more about Escamoles, considered an “insect caviar”, on page 5 of this version of the Food Insects Newsletter:

“Actopan, Mexico — Angry red ants began climbing up the arms and back of Candido Aviles Hidalgo as he smiled and showed off his day’s find, a handful of ant eggs. [Ed.: The so-called ant “eggs” are actually pupae.] Aviles Hidalgo quickly offered the white mushy eggs to onlookers and then scooped several into his mouth, giving out a long sigh. For campesinos, or poor farm workers, like Aviles Hidalgo, 29, who live in the state of Hidalgo some 120 miles north of Mexico City, moles are a source of pocket money. In a country where the unemployment rate may range higher than 30 percent, money is scarce.”

Many foods we reject with a squirm here in the US are important sources of protein and income elsewhere. Don’t be too quick to judge!  There’s a beautiful photo of several different types of insect foods served in Mexico at Wikipedia, and more info about escamoles production and profits (En Espanol) here!

Posted by Gwen Pearson

Writer. Nerd. Insect Evangelist. Have you heard the good news? BUGS!