As in the case of the red worm, chicatanas have been consumed since pre- hispanic times. In recent years Hormiga de miel (honeypot ants). Cocinera sosteniendo puño de hormigas san juaneras en Pahuatlán Puebla. – Chicatanas ants just before cooking in a small restaurant in the. Guey, Madrid Picture: Un camino de hormigas chicatanas. – Check out TripAdvisor members’ candid photos and videos of Guey.

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Since pre-hispanic times, the worm has been fried or salted and consumed in tacos, but locals also use it in sauces, as a snack, in tostadas or mixed with salt and served with mezcal. During the rainy season in April and May, the future queens fly away to get fertilized by male ants between 7am and 4pm.

Why is it so expansive? They can be found in all the central states in the country. Hormigas culonas live in symbiosis with a mushroom they cultivate Leucoagaricus.

Tasajos are also a tasty accompaniment for chapulines. Culona ants are usually fried or grilled in a pan and dusted with salt according to tastes. The experience starts with a brief history of the spirit and is followed by descriptions of its many varieties and finally a complete tasting.

Chicatanas are flying ants that are only found once or twice a year, at the beginning of the rainy season. And Mexico is the country with the greatest variety of edible insects: These crunchy treats are often used as an appetiser or finger food at family gatherings and friendly get-togethers. Hormigas culonas nly the wings are taken off because it may irritate the throat. Mexico is ready chicatqnas its delicious and nutritious insects.


The surprise should be that there are still people who are grossed out by them. Oaxaca is home to a variety of ancient drinks such as hot chocolate, made with water instead of milk, and tejate, a refreshing beverage made from corn and cacao. The caviar of insects, these hormigad larvae come from the states of Guanajuato, Hidalgo, Puebla and Tlaxcala and have a delicate, slightly sweet flavor.

Mexican Insects: Edible and Delectable

The perfect companion to other extraordinary flavors. Meat is chargrilled in front of customers on anafre ovens, and highlights include tasajo beef, usually wood-smokedchorizo and cecina salted, dried meat. Last but not least, hormigas chicatabas are also known for their aphrodisiac properties!

It tastessomewhat like ground dried shrimp, which makes it ideal to go with the traditional greens romeritos that are served at Christmas and Easter, as well as with nopal cactus pads.

Un camino de hormigas chicatanas. – Picture of Guey, Madrid – TripAdvisor

So we asked him to share the local favourites with us:. But experts actually recommend drinking young mezcal, straight. For those who want to know everything about mezcal, the Mezcal-theque is the place to be.

The southern state of Oaxaca is best-known in Mexico for its delicious mole negro, a dark sauce made from chilhuacle negro chillies and eaten with chicken or turkey. Must-try dishes include buises, or chicatana fat fried with salt and garlic, served over a tlayuda — a large tortilla covered with ground beans and topped with lettuce, fresh cheese and tomato.


Leaf-cutter ants or Big-bottomed ants in English. Always get them from street vendors — the most crowded stand is always the best one! Future Prospects for Food and Feed Security. They go great in broths, salsas and guacamoles.

Sal con hormigas chicatanas – Picture of Pitiona, Oaxaca

Cristiano Oliveira through Flickr. Unique flavors from Mexico.

Find them toasted with garlic, lime juice and salt or chilli. We discover this ant species in Colombia, more exactly at Bucaramanga and San Gil in Santander region blue circle on the map. Found in the state of Hidalgo, maguey worms are crunchy to bite into and then gooey, salty and luscious inside. But beware, it needs meteorological conditions really specifics for the ants to leave the anthill and they go out only five to six days a year!

Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants. Those big-bottomed ants are sold in the street and in restaurants. Not only are they delicious, their nutritional properties can put the most sophisticated cut of meat to shame.