|The ants are very large. These are fried or roasted. These are often servedin paper cones at movies. They have a smoky taste, a bit like very good jerky. Nice and crunchy.|
|In Oz now it is considered patriotic to eat Witchety Grub, a plump insect which has become the symbol of Aboriginal cuisine. It is served in fancy restaurants, but I don’t think many Oz have actually screwed up the courage to sample it. On the subject of witchety grubs, I had been to Ayres Rock on my first trip to Australia (my Mum is a former Aussie… we were visiting family mostly,) and the tour guide was honest enough to tell us WHAT the grubs were and something about their background before trying to talk us into trying it. About 10 years later, I went back to catch up on the family and discovered (in a newspaper ad) that there is a resort near Ayres Rock now… and on their list of exotic resort fare are WITCHETY GRUBS! This went from a weird oddity only eaten by Aborigines and desperate bushmen to resort food in only ten years!|
The little worm, the gusano, that lives on the agave plant gets stuck in the bottle. Mmmm. There is even a special brand sold in 2-ounce bottles called “Dos Gusanos”, two worms for those who can’t get enough.
Locally, which is to say in North America, a not too uncommon confection is the tequila sucker–a tequila flavored lollipop, complete with worm. The first two ingredients are listed as “High fructose corn syrup, insect larva…”. My question is this: if an insect larva can pass the Food and Drug Administration as an explicitly listed ingredient, what the hell’s in the stuff that the FDA rejects?