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Apr 12 2013

I Eat Cool Stuff

Comrade Physioprof isn’t the only one who eats cool stuff.

I got given a pot of something considered a delicacy.

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Can you guess what it is?

It’s raw unripe mangoes that have been pickled along with chillies, garlic and mustard oil.

With a secret ingredient…

Ants and their grubs.

It’s good. It’s got this sweet, spicy and sour taste. The garlic and mustard is a perfect and the ants aren’t crunchy. In fact I wouldn’t even think there were ants that went into making this.

I approve. If only I can find out the name of this…

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  1. 1
    BecomingJulie

    And, with you not being American, no doubt when you eventually post the recipe, it will be in proper measuring units that normal people actually understand ….. ;)

  2. 2
    Yellow Thursday

    That’s an intriguing bit of food. I’d love to try it. I wonder if the ants add anything to the flavor. I bet I wouldn’t have to share, even with those friends who love spicy foods, since most folks I know are squicked out by insects. They must be very young mangoes, considering how small the one you’re holding looks. Do you eat the skins? I know you don’t on ripe mangoes, so I’m curious how you eat these delicacies.

  3. 3
    michaelbusch

    I like green mangos. I also liked the chocolate-coated honeypot ants from Australia. Combining the two, I have not heard of before. I am curious: where do you find ants that are guaranteed to be safe for consumption? Or is that the Indian microlivestock (that is actually a real term) market not regulated?

  4. 4
    Avicenna

    You eat the skins with the mango. It’s a little tough but there is a lot of flavour in the skin here.

    It’s unregulated. People just go into the woods find the right ants and put them into pots and leg it.

  5. 5
    michaelbusch

    That’s a little worrisome. But given that ants aren’t a dietary staple for many people, there are other things that should be better regulated first.

  6. 6
    Avicenna

    And how would you regulate it? It’s kind of like mushroom picking.

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    michaelbusch

    Good point. People picking mushrooms and fruit for their own consumption isn’t regulated, nor could it be. But people packaging and selling those products as a business can be and is regulated for safety (I happen to have read the Minnesota regulations on that a few years ago: health.state.mn.us/foodsafety/foods/mushroom.html ). For an insect example, commercially-sold Oaxaca chapulines (grasshoppers) are inspected to make sure they’re cooked well enough to kill off parasitic worms.

    Still – cool lunch!

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