The mighty agave should be Mexico’s national plant. You can use it to make tequila, mescal and pulque, and it can be used medicinally, but it is also the home of the maguey worm known locally as ‘gusano’. This little fella is served fried in tacos or added to bottle of mescal. It’s also ground up and mixed with salt to make ‘sal de gusano’. This worm salt is mainly used to salt rim the glasses that are used for mescal. That’s how I first tried it. The salt is visibly different. It has a deep red brown color. It tastes just like regular salt though. Perhaps this is an easy entry to the world of eating insects.
Fear Factor – 1 / Taste Test – 6