Out of all the unusual things things I thought I could ever eat, ant larvae were not on my list. It just never occurred to me you could eat them. Yet that’s what they do here in Mexico, and have been doing since pre-Hispanic times. They’re called ‘escamoles’ in Spanish and are usually translated as ant eggs, but they are in fact the pupae and larvae. Naturally I had to try.
They were served in small parcels wrapped up in leaves that resembled cabbages and tasted more like garlic. Eating the wraps, I could really only taste garlic, so I tried a bite of just the larvae. It didn’t actually taste like anything, which was both a relief and a disappointment. It had an interesting texture though, quite soft like goat’s cheese.
Fear Factor – 5 / Taste Test 6