“It’s like a rain. You can sweep it up to a heap, and then roast it on the pan “said Gabriel Hernandez Cruz. A kilogram ant cost $ 93.
Gabriel Hernandez Cruz, a teacher living in the suburbs of Oaxaca, Mexico, is looking forward to spring. After the first rains, the flock of ants left the nest and flew into the sky.
Early in the morning, dark red wing ants hovered in the air. This ants have fat bodies and large, transparent wings. The beating of wings spread across space. People call this ants chicatanas.
Each year, chicatanas appear only in 1-2 days
Before dawn, families across the state of Oaxaca, Mexico came out to see, specialties of the region.
“It’s not hard, they fly slowly and fall to the ground, but every child likes to run around to wrestle ants,” Cruz explained.
Every year, when chicatanas fly, the excitement spreads throughout the air. They only appear 1-2 days.
Ricardo Arellano, chef from a small town in La Canada, remembers the feeling of enjoying the wing anal.
“My mother lay them on memelas (thick tortilla with peas and cheese) or make a sauce,” he said.
Arellano uses a mild palm-backed toothpick on the traditional Mexican pan
In Criollo’s kitchen, one of the most luxurious restaurants in the state of Oaxaca, Arellano prepares to make her mother’s sauce. At first, he roasted in a pan, lightly islanded with a palm tree.
Then, Arellano baked the leaves and chilies before putting them all into a traditional mortar made from Mexican volcanic rock. Of course, he added some fresh garlic.
This sauce is not smooth. When eating, you can feel the rustle, rustic with crispy aroma and the aroma of garlic in the mouth. The taste of this sauce is difficult to describe even with less ingredients, like the taste of smoked cheese.
The wingspan was popular in Mexico from ancient America. Food scarcity and poverty play an important role in determining which community groups choose to eat chicatanas.”When a mother tries to feed her family without food, these ants are a good choice,” says Arellano.
Once a dish that only appears on family dining tables, chicatanas are now sold at high prices in upscale restaurants. A live antler bag costs about $ 93 / kg. This is a luxury specialty, only appear on the market a few days each year. The price represents “level” of chicatanas.
Today, in addition to insect wings, many other insects also appear in the high-end restaurants in Mexico as a specialty. Arellano argues that the root cause of the curiosity and curiosity of the customers. In addition, people are considered to eat insects stylish style in the future.
Rate of protein in insects varies, but reports show that the protein level in a gram of insects is equivalent to one gram of beef. Besides, insect consumption does not affect the environment much. So, the United Nations judges this is the food of the future. Sauce processing is not the only way people enjoy ants. Some people just roast them up, panties and put them in their mouths as if they were nuts.
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