20 Oct '11, 12pm

Want a protein source with a miniscule carbon footprint? Try moth tacos.

Want a protein source with a miniscule carbon footprint? Try moth tacos.

On a sunny afternoon, the crowd of customers around the Don Bugito stand debates the merits of various gateway bugs. "Crickets," says a towheaded youngster, who would look like a character in a Mark Twain novel, were it not for the fact that he is digging into a cup of ice cream sprinkled with toasted mealworms. "Those are the first bugs I ate. I bought them at a candy store in Napa." "A scorpion is a good beginner bug," says one woman, biting into a taco. She ate one at a night market in China. "They look pretty badass -- but they're so dry that there's no guts. It tasted like a potato chip." Behind them, Monica Martinez, RISD graduate and bug pusher, rings up "PreHispanic tacos," bugs on ice cream, and lemonade (no bugs). She's a fan of the wax moth larvae herself. "They're pure fat," says Martinez, and make a good starter bug. "But they're the fat that you want to eat. ...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/article/2011-10-20-moth-larvae-tacos...

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