Crickets for Spanish class food project?
Hi, my name is Matt Sullivan. I'm 11 years old and I have a question about eating crickets. In Spanish class, we are dong a project on Spanish food and I wanted to know if people in Mexico eat crickets and how they cook them. Also is there such a thing as chocolate covered crickets in Mexico? We live in Boyce, Virginia, and I want to know if there is any stores where we can buy crickets close by, because I want to cook them for my project. And how do I do that?
Sincerely, Matt Sullivan
Here's an article about eating bugs in Mexico
By the way there is a distinction between Spanish food and Mexican food. The one is from Spain, the other from Mexico. But for a Spanish language class, I suspect either would be fine.
On cable Travel Channel there is a program called Bizarre Foods. In the Mexico episode Andrew ate bugs. He also had a Spain episode, but I don't recall that he ate bugs there. In another Spanish speaking country, Ecuador, he ate large grubs in the Amazon jungle.
The only bugs I've ever seen on a Mexican menu were chapulines in Oaxaca, which is the Mexican word for grasshopper (the word in Spain is saltamontes). But it's entirely possible crickets are eaten somewhere in Mexico. Generally you can get crickets in stores that sell lizards and snakes. I looked around on the web and Winchester Aquarium and Pet Center on Costello Drive in Winchester might be worth contacting.
I suppose there could be a distinction between different kinds of crickets, however, so you might check and be sure you have the edible kind, whatever that means, before you chow down.
I saw Salma Hayek eat crickets on the Ellen DeGeneres Show last year. She had a bowl of cooked crickets, put them into a flour tortilla, added some salsa, or maybe it was a pico de gallo, and ate them that way. She said they were very popular in Mexico. Ellen tried a few, without the tortilla or sauce.
Here is a link to get you started:
Today's NY Times Magazine has a piece on entomophagy, which is the upscale word for eating bugs. It almost sounds like it's going to be the latest new thing (yuck). Anyway, here's a link: www.nytimes.com/2008/02/10/magazine/1.... If it doesn't work (I'm not sure whether you have to be able to log in), go to NYTimes.com and search "entomophagy," or google it, sometimes you can get in that way.