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Wednesday, January 30, 2013


grasshopper on tomato plant
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Fun Monitor
grasshoppers. These were eaten by Andalusian peasants to quench the thirst. They can be eaten raw or fried. Since the discovery of chocolate in America, the Japanese cover them with chocolate and eat them as a delicacy. [Villena/Calero. 2002:23b]


  1. Never heard they were eaten in Andalusia!
    In Mexico grasshoppers ("chapulines") are a popular snak, fried and salted, they are sold in bags and eaten as sunflower seeds... so my friends who have been in Mexico tell me!
    I imagine that, as always, people eat what they have at hand.
    BUT I have recentley read one article or two about insects as the food of the future. The reasons are: they are abundant, everywhere, even (very important) in poor countries, and they have a high content of proteins. Note well: they are proposed as food for poors, or else as an extravagant delikatessen for rich (the last edition of Madrid culinary festival Madrid Fusion). Not being poor or rich, I stick to more traditional food...

  2. Nice to see you back! Your comments are so welcome!
    Personally, I find the idea of eating insects as revolting as you but I am not Mexican or Japanese, poor or rich but Brad Pitt, my cat, tells me that from time to time eating an insect on a hot summer day most refreshing!