Escamoles eskamo'les (help·info) are the larvae of ants of the genus Liometopum. They are harvested from the roots of the Agave tequilana (tequila) or Agave americana (maguey—mezcal) plants in Mexico.
In some forms of Mexican cuisine, escamoles are considered a delicacy and are sometimes referred to as "insect caviar". They have a cottage cheese-like consistency and a buttery, yet slightly nutty, taste.
On the TV series Burt Wolf's Travels and Traditions, in the episode The Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, Burt Wolf demonstrated how to eat a taco of escamoles and guacamole. The guacamole is used partly as a condiment and partly to prevent the escamoles from falling out of the taco.
Escamoles al mojo de ajo
[eskaˈmoles al ˈmoxo ðe ˈaxo]
- Chahuis — the edible beetles of Mexico.
- Entomophagy — the human consumption of insects as food.
- Index: Insects as food
- Video about cooking Escamoles.
- La Jordada de Oriente | Tlaxcala: "Edible insects, synonymous with proteins that few dare to eat" - English.
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