Jan. 5. 2011
Somewhere in Brazil
In certain areas of the vast nation of Brazil there is a tradition of eating large 'Queen' ants. People make their living from harvesting and selling these ants. Some, like the restaurateur shown in the video below, serve them as delicacies in their restaurants. The ants shown in this video are in danger of becoming extinct because of pollution from paper manufacturing companies.
Similar ants are sold and eaten in public marketplaces in Mexico. These live ants are wrapped in tortillas and served like a 'live' taco.
Ants, and other insects, are excellent sources of protein and were common in the diets of many groups of people centuries ago.
Brazilian Tradition of Eating Ants - Video Library - The New York Times: "- Sent using Google Toolbar"