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Friday, January 14, 2011

Ants with Wings and Stingers are Considered a Delicacy in Brazil


In Brazil, eating ants with wings is a tradition and a delicacy, raw or cooked. It used to be a sign of poverty, but not necessarily now. Today, it is embraced as a cultural tradition and because many people enjoy the taste and festivities of eating ants.

Here's how you eat an ant with wings: First you take off the wings, then the stinger, next the legs, take half off, then cook it if you want, and last eat.

Ants were eaten when fish and monkeys were scarce in Brazil. During the ant season a whole town in Brazil smells like fried ants. The pesticide they used to make paper also kills ants, and so many people in the town are now worried that the ants -- and their town's tradition -- are in great danger.

To watch a video go to this website.

Source: The New York Times

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