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Bistro K and the return of ant larvae


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Bistro K and the return of ant larvae

Christine | Mar 30, 2006 02:52 PM

Starting on April 5th, Bistro K will again be serving "escamoles" (ant larvae) aka Mexican caviar. I didn't get a chance to try these last year, but I'm on-board with the idea. Please post if you do.

Here's a little article included with the announcement:

Mexican gourmets will pay a good price for the rich taste of escamoles, the larvae of ants of the genus Liometopum, harvested from the roots of the agave cactus commonly called maguey in Mexico. For the peasantry, ant nests are an invaluable resource and can represent a sizeable portion of their annual income. For this reason, the peasants are always careful to leave the nests as they found them; by doing so, they may harvest several kilos of escamoles per season (there are several seasons in one year) for 40 years for more.

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