Yesterday it was cicadas in the ice cream. Today's taboo is grasshoppers in the tacos - but there's a difference.
While Sparky's frozen critter crisp dessert was invented on a lark, "tacos de chapulines" are a popular cart and bar snack in Mexico City, Oaxaca and even in certain parts of the United States. Devotees cite the cooked bugs' appealing crunch and protein content - said to be twice that of beef.
However, local authorities aren't keen on where La Oaxaqueña Bakery and Restaurant owner Harry Persaud was sourcing his grasshoppers. While he has a permit to import them, the vendor he's using is not FDA-approved, and he has yet to locate a domestic, approved source. In the meantime, Persaud is reportedly considering raising his own.
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Previously - Eating bugs may save us all and Mmmm...tacos...
Grasshoppers are great fried, they don't have to be in a taco! Grasshoppers don't carry any diseases that might be harmful to humans.
Fried with some curry powder on them is pretty good, but just use salt and some black pepper and you've got a treat you won't believe!
How do you kill them? Or do buy them already dead. I think they would be fresher if bought alive – like lobster.
I have eaten these tacos at a fairly nice restaurant just a few blocks north of the Natural Science building of the Smithsonian in DC. The tacos were excellent. The grasshoppers tasted similar to homemade bacon bits with a little chilli powder.
i feel no need to expand my culinary experiences into grasshoopers, if you do go ahead, for me i have enough interesting things to eat, yuk!
It's really sad that the FDA bans grashopper tacos, which are enjoyed by different cultures around the world (insects are a staple in many countries including Mexico) but allows U.S. "food" producers to put items on the shelf that cause heart disease, obesity, diabetes, cancer- you name it. I'm sure grashopper tacos might not sit well with the palettes of most squeamish Americans, but I can almost guarantee they're healthier and probably quite tasty (once you get over the stigma of eating a bug) than most of the junk we eat on a daily basis. By the way did you know that the FDA has a tolerance level for the number of bugs tand rodent waste that can be in the food you eat? WE'RE ALREADY EATING BUGS PEOPLE!
Raising his own grasshoppers would be a good idea. It's incredibly easy.
He should also talk to reptile keepers. There are a lot of places to buy grasshoppers. Humans may not eat them, but many reptiles do, so there are also cricket, mealworm, bloodworm and grasshopper breeders. Depending on the source, these insects are kept incredibly clean and gutloaded with a ton of vitamins.
The comments are a lot of fun , except for the nasty mouth. ! Ethnic food can be eye opening. What we need is more information and instruction re: the unfamiliar. Try it you may like it,or not. No one knows what chemicals and fillers go into fast food ,and long shelf life food you purchase at the grocery stores, No one wants to know,they just eat their rotting fruit that never ripens normally and pay high prices,in more ways than one. Ahhh! American food..
I agree, people should watch their effing mouth, those nasty crappy fart blowing booger eating turd whacking shit breaths..
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I can see your point! Peanut butter and jelly trumps any bug every time!
I ate them in USAF Survivsl School in the early 80's and let me tell you "They don't taste like chicken".
Really dude? Was it like one or two, or did you have to eat them for a whole week with nothing else?
I haven't been that hungry yet.
Yup, I'm with ya' on that one. Maybe one day I will have to eat them, but I ain't eatin' 'em until then.
Millions going hungry and we have to legislate against bugs because they are yucky?
Genius, did you even read the post?
Oh yea right. Like the FDA does such a good job of protecting our food supply.
Not perfect, but definitely better than nothing. Look at the slop the Chinese are shoving in their pieholes.
Scientific Fact, i know not for CNN, teh world produces enough food to feed everybody 2500 calories a day, no food shortage!
wE MAKE OUR SELVES WEAKER BY PASTEURIZING EVERYTHING AND NEUTRALIZING IT ALL TO THE POINT WHEN WE WANT TO GO ON VACATION ELSEWHERE WE NEED A FLURRY OF IMMUNIZATIONS AND OTHER THINGS SO WE WONT GET SICK BUT IF YOU GO OUT TO INDIA THEY EAT IT ON A REGULAR BASIS AND WHEN YOU GO TO EUROPE THEY HAVE REAL CHEESE AND AND DAIRY PRODUCTS MANY ENJOYMENTS AND PAST TIME TRADITIONS AND CULTURE OUR BEING LOST TO OVER NURTURING ATTITUDE TO WHERE WE MIGHT HAVE TO FEAR THE COMMON COLD IF WE DON'T HAVE PHARMACEUTICALS TO SAVE US FROM THEM INSTEAD OF LETTING THE BODY NATURALLY BUILD STRENGTH AGAINST IT JUST MY OPINION. =P
You should run for office.
Your opinion SUCKS,Capt Caplock.
So, huge food companies can import ingredients from China, but a small business is slammed for doing the same thing out of necessity?
Remember to suck out the brains and eyeballs also. Bless you my child.
They need to be cooked well as grasshoppers can contain E Coli. Pulling the head off allows the entrails to be removed at same time.
No thanks. It doesn't matter what kind of bug/insect, all I'd be able to picture is that I'm eating a cockroach.
certain grasshoppers like the lubber has toxind that cause neurological problems like alzheimers, dementia like symptoms when they are bright colored it means they are poisonous. so be careful but enjoy
Bibles and peta, good to see no one straying from the subject. All we need is a few more trolls, some anti US sentiment, and lets not forget to use our 3rd grade spelling skills. I'll gladly eat bugs when we run out of dead cow.
The headline misses the point – the health department banned them because it could not verify that the grasshoppers were raised in a fashion acceptable for human consumption. Not because eating insects is taboo here. As such, the headline is sensationalism.
Personally, if insects were a readily available protein source here, I would try them. The few times I have had insects in candy, there was no flavor, just texture. Maybe a proper recipe would help, such as these tacos.
Seconded. My first impression was that they just banned it for the sake of it, but then I remember places like Toloache and others where it's served. Ultimately, this is no different than any other ingredient – Got to get them from a good source and not just from anyone.
correct, would anybody eat a NYC squirrel? Food must be raised properly to be safe. Even though I say yuk!
At least one of the Oaxacan restaurants in San Jose has fried grasshoppers on the menu. I'm vegetarian, so I don't eat them, but my wife got a bowl of them once. She wasn't very impressed, but they were crunchy and fried. Oaxacan is a lot different from the usual US Tex-Mex stuff – lots of black beans, and the corn masa dishes are different shapes and textures.
I have always wanted to grab one of those big black and orange grasshoppers and squeeze the intrails out on a cracker.
The problem with modern methods of food production is the simple fact that it is farm raised. There is no reason to be raising your own when there are plenty out there. Insects, arachnids etc... are staple in many countries. Are these authorities being paid off by the farming industry?
hotlix sells scorpion lollipops. they are pretty good too.
I prefer long pig.
I like hairless goat.
I've inadvertantly eaten live bugs in the past while eating some peanut butter wafers. The wafers tasted just fine and it was not until I had finished about half the package of wafers before I discovered that the entire package was infested with larva.
Honestly, they had been feeding on peanut butter so that's exactly what they tasted like. If I hadn't seen the bugs themselves, I never would have noticed.
The hardest part about eating insects is not the taste, it's overcoming the aversion toward eating them. I can't say that I would volunteer to eat a meal that includes insects but retraining our diets to include various insects could move us along in terms of sustainability as populations grow and the competition for resources increases.
Excellent points....it is not the taste...I have eaten grashoppers, crickets, mealworms, etc... and they are crunchy like chips and if seasoned correctly they are delicious.
If you can convince someone to trust you and taste food blind they will be amazed at what they like!
For two hundred thousnd years, homo sapiens have eaten bugs as a primary source of protein. It's only in the last few hundred years that our "politically correct" society has decided that it's gross (except in Africa and Latin America, where they still enjoy the savory treat).
all raw meat is digusting that's how culinary science started. Ancient peoples needed a way to get protein past their developing palates, and man invented cooking and flavoring.
I love how people like you love to comment on this. One minded. Animals feel to just like you and me. You may be right about it not being murder. And i agreed with you until you said then you elevate animals lifes. Just cause they can't talk does not mean there just as not important. I like meat to don't get me wrong but you should respect where it came from. You killed something to get it. It is murder. You could look at the same thing about humans. An animal kills a human for food how is that murder then. He is doing it to survive. Animals are just important and their lives shouldn't be held below anything else. Yes we eat meat to survive, but doesn't mean we have to act like animals our selves and not value where it comes from
But we are animals.
Hey, Did you mean closed- minded or one sided? One minded is what most people are, if not please explain your concept of two or three minded. Did someone say an animal killing a human was murder? If so that is dumbest thing I have ever heard.
Thanks for pointing that were all animals. Now I won't feel bad when I stuff an apple in your mouth and bbq you..
Ive never heard of a person murdering an animal. It simply is killed.
Shut yer piehole and feed yourself to the hungry lions.
Bask in the light of your own idiocy.
I never said that animals don't feel. Of course they feel. That's not the point.
If an animal kills a human for food, I don't think of that as murder either. In the wild we humans are just as much on the menu for predators as they are for us. I don't expect a lion to elevate human life to the same level as the members of his or her pride. Likewise, I don't elevate the life of that lion to the same level as members of my family, my city, my country or my species.
Equating the killing of a completely different species to being "murder" is simply unreasonable. The only animal I can think of to which the killing of said animal *MIGHT* come close to being "murder" would be the domesticated dog since it's congnitive evolution is so closely tied to the sociological evolution of mankind. The dog more than any other animal comes closest to demonstrating the ability to empathically connect with it's human masters.
Well said. I hope you stick around to spar with some of the nasty vegans that post here.
When I was a child I loved it. Being in America for a very long time has changed my appetite.. and thinking of insecticide
Ick. If I want twice the protein of beef, I'll eat twice as much beef.
They are Kosher ( Knees and cloven hoves). well atlease Locus ( A type of Hopper) are.
WTH is a Locus? Is that a Jewish locust or a midget Mexican cursing out loud?
Since you asked (albeit sarcastically),
1. A particular position, point, or place.
2. The effective or perceived location of something abstract
I'm sure the word the person you were replying to meant locust. Thank you for being the smaller person by pointing that out.
Bless You GrassHoppa!
I'm Vegan. Humans murder everything they can and call it "food". So you eat an insect – I think its worse to murder a cow or a sheep. Get real!
What makes killing an animal for food "Murder?" That's a complete redefinition of terminology.
While I would agree that Western civilization is overly dependent on meat as a source of nourishment it goes against biology and nature to equate the consumption of meat with the philosophical concept of murder. A carnivorous animal is not a "murderer" because it kills and eats another Animal. It is doing what it must do to survive. Likewise a human being that dines on a hamburger is not a murderer. Human beings are omnivores. Eating meat is often a more efficient way to consume the vitamins, minerals and protiens that our bodies need to survive.
The accepted definition of "murder" is the taking of one human being's life by another human being. To apply the term to the taking of animal life by a human being requires the elevation of animal life, the demotion of human life or both. Such a massive shift in worldview that is contradicted in natural selection and biology is simply warrantless.
Awesome. Just awesome. Thank you.
If it was possible to high-five someone over the internet, I totally would. Thank you, Jaiotu.
+10 Internets for Jaiotu. Way to defeat the troll!
Thank you Jaiotu – well said. I also have said many times that it's not healthy to eat so much meat, and Americans especially need to cut down on the amount of meat we consume. But we are, by our very nature, omnivores who require both meat and vegetable proteins in our diet, and neither extreme is healthy.
That said, the grasshoppers DO look pretty tasty.
Another great reply by Jaiotu. I've enjoyed your comments.
If we weren't mass producing meat there would be nothing wrong with eating something you caught, like fish, bore, deer etc... and although insects should not be considered inferior just because they're small, they are an amazing source of protein and are actually really tasty.
Noun: The unlawful premeditated killing of one human being by another
VERB : To kill, to take a life
murder: a group or flock of crows
Cobainfucius say, "Poop as hard as rock."
Cobainfucius say "go to bed with itchy butt, wake up with stinky finger."
How can you spot a vegan? They'll tell you
They'll shout it at you.
While it is true that we do not have to kill to live, killing an animal for meat is not murder, it is wise to thank the animal for what it provides as the Native American would, but it is not murder to kill and eat a living thing. For sport, yes, that IS murder indeed, the needless killing of ANY living thing is indeed murder.
Which Native Americans are you referring to? I asked my Arapaho wife if she had thanked the cow for the Big Mac she'd ordered yesterday. She said it had not occurred to her, but she had thanked the woman at the drive up window – which she felt was sufficient. Perhaps you are referring to ancient inhabitants of this area (They were neither "Indian" nor "American") some of whom would regularly stampede thousands of buffalo (Bison) off of a cliff in order to butcher just a few. But at least they said "Thank you". Just a little nit-picking, I actually agree with you – particularly when it comes to hunting. While all of us meat eaters are guilty of having animals killed for us, those that ENJOY killing animals – have more serious mental issues.
and you murder plants, they have life too, so don't eat anything you cow hugging moron
well its not actually murdering a plant .. its more like giving it an abortion .. taking it's young from it while it is still developing and then ... well you get the picture.
I bet vegans taste like chicken. Chicken sh it that is.
Murder? A cow? My G0D! That makes me a serial killer! (by proxy) Yesterday I killed perhaps hundreds of ants that had invaded my kitchen. Is that genocide? I frequently wash my hands with anti-microbial soap with the full intent of killing every germ possible. Is that a hate crime?
Why is it worse to kill a cow or sheep for food than an insect? They both are non-self aware animal life. This gets in my opinion to the REAL reason most vegans are "vegan" in the first place: the cuddly factor. You turn off you brain and get bent out of shape about eating things that appear to be a cuddly animal to you.
Humans are omnivores man. Any argument against that fact is just undeniably false. Only rich white kids in the developed world can afford to spend their time with ludacris movements like veganism. There aren't any vegans in the 3rd world kiddo, you eat what you can get.
Vegans are pure evil.
Actually the real reason many people from India are vegetarian/vegan is because they simply can't afford meat or dairy. It's not just suburban white kids because thats all YOU hear.
Ludacris only hangs with rich white kids? News to me.
Humans ARE ominivores. As long as we don't abuse or mistreat the animals I believe it's okay to eat animals.
...and you have varying degrees of what is acceptable "murder". Your a real piece of work.
If we weren't suppoed to eat animals, then why did god make them out of meat?.....
Plants are living organisms and we need to kill them in order to eat them. Your statement "Humans murder everything they can and call it "food" means you are also a murderer too!
Don't swear it's bad and unholy like condoms, anal holes, ha ha ha ha ha peace oput suchers
Don't swear it's bad and unholy like condoms
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The only insect that God approves as edible in the Bible in the Old Testament is the grasshopper.
Do you really try to pretend that you run your life based on a 2000 year old book?!!! I doubt you have ever read the dull book from beginning to end. People make up "biblical" passages to match their already existing beliefs. You are ridiculous.
David merely mentioned the Bible. He did not say that he lives his life by a 2000-year-old book.
And the portion of the Bible he's referencing is much older than 2000-years. It's just the New Testament that is 2000-years old and in those pages Jesus declares all food "clean," which means that you can feel free to eat any bugs you so choose.
Seriously... you have to go off on somebody just for MENTIONING the Bible?
People look to the Scriptures for guidance and wisdom. No one deserves ridicule for citing kashrut law- I'm not even Jewish, either. The Pilgrims came to America to escape religious persecution, thus, the beginning of our great nation. Nowadays, people are so ignorant in their demeanor toward those that mention any of the Holy Scriptures that it is terrible and rampant.
Hi there, your comment on the dull book (I assume the Bible, or at least the Jewish one) is ignorant. The book of which you speak actually warns against eating FAT too. It seems there is some science to back that one. while I don't take the book to be literal, I do find some interesting and true advice in there. Hate and bias can keep you from learning.
I agree with Jaiotu. David has a right to point that out if he wants. Jez needs to read the Bible himself apparently.
You need a life. If all you have to do is search the web to find believers to bash, you live a pretty sad esistance. Get a hobby, make pottery, go swimming, learn to laugh.
Regardless of what David may or may not believe, taking diet advice from the bible (what you can eat and when you can eat it) is about as irrational and ignorant as can be...
Why is there always some nutcase that has to bring religion into EVERYTHING. This is about GRASSHOPPER TACOS. We don't care that you believe in 2000 year old fairy tales, how is that even remotely relevant to GRASSHOPPER TACOS?
Probably a republican.
Some dull pasages about linegae, etc.
But most, war, mass killings, whore mongering, screwing others wives and killing their husbands, asking the second son to sleep with the first sons wife and getting killed for dropping the seed. Suicide missions, mass fires. Beautiful poetry about woman, etc, hardly dull!
Wow, somebody makes a reference to eating grasshoppers being a very old and accepted cultural practice and you have to drag out your hatred of religion? He's not telling you that you have to eat grasshoppers just because they're kosher. And by the way, that part of the Bible is more like 3000-3500 years old.
I saw the movie,I missed the book.
Locusts and crickets too.
If you're gonna bring up religion in comments that are supposed to be about grasshopper tacos you deserve ridicule. CNN has a 'belief blog' you know. Try that.
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