So this week I got to visit Mexico City for work and during the course of one working lunch I became a significantly more interesting person.
I tried Gusanos de Maguey – Maguey worms, described by wikipedia as: the larvae of the moth Hypopta agavis. These infest the core and roots of the maguey plant, often in a glutenous mass. Along with agave snout weevil larvae, red maguey worms are one of the types of gusanos found in bottles of mezcal liquor from the Mexican state of Oaxaca.
Our second course was Escamoles, which are the larvae of ants of the genus Liometopum, harvested from the roots of the agave (tequila) or maguey (mezcal) plant 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 taste buttery, yet slightly nutty.
The escamoles were actually quite good, the worms…eh. But hey, now I’m a renaissance woman.