Yes, But Would You Eat It? “E” is for Escamol(es)

Welcome to the Blogging from A to Z Challenge! Each day in April (except Sundays) I’ll be posting about unusual and exotic foods.

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Oh look! More pupae! Yes, escamoles are the edible larvae and pupae of ants. Native to Mexico, particularly Central Mexico, escamoles were a delicacy to the ancient Aztecs. The little eggs look like kernels of corn, or the Italian pignole. They can be fried for crunch, usually in butter with onion and chile, and served in omelets or tacos. How about escamoles salsa? Just mix up some ant larvae with serrano peppers, onion, roasted garlic, salt, epazote sprigs. Your tortilla chips will be surprised!

Escamoles can cost between $35 and $100 for a kilogram (about 2.2 pounds). so apparently they’re still considered a delicacy.

Tell me, would you eat escamoles?


14 thoughts on “Yes, But Would You Eat It? “E” is for Escamol(es)

  1. At that price, I don’t think there’s ever a chance that I would encounter it. Looking at it, it doesn’t make me gag. But if I was told what they were, I’m not sure that I would. I suppose, being game at trying things, I might take one bite.

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