Edible Insect Recipes: Fruit with Sweet Insect Salt
May 24, 2020
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Tart fruits dipped in a mixture chili powder, salt, citrus, and often (but not always) sugar, is a common snack in Mexico as well as much of Southeast Asia. I recently had the good fortune of visiting an ant farm with French documentarians Les Criquets Migrateurs—a farm which was exclusively a mango farm, until the owner noticed that the ants, which were attracted to the delicious mangos, fetched a higher price at the market than the mangoes did. He's farmed them both, harmoniously, ever since. When he sent me home with one of his gorgeous mangos, I knew exactly what I'd do with it: pair it with some savory insect salt, and sugar. This recipe is only a rough guide; feel free to adjust the balance of insect salt and sugar to your taste. You may find that your sweet to salty preference varies even by fruit. Personally, I prefer to keep the sugar low for mangoes, but high for pineapples.
Total: 5 mins; Serves 2
- A tart fruit such as mango, pineapple, or apple; sliced
- 1 tablespoon cricket salt
- 1/2 tablespoon sugar
1. Combine cricket salt and sugar. Slice fruit, dip in salty-sweet mixture, and sample. Adjust salt and sugar ratio, to taste. Enjoy.
TIP: NOTE In general, the base ratio tends to be equal amounts of salt, chili, and sugar. Since Cricket Salt is approximately equal amounts of chili powder and salt, I recommend half as much sugar as Cricket Salt. But if you are using an other insect salt, you may want to use the same amount of sugar as insect salt, add more chili powder, and adjust to taste there.
For a view of the farm from which this mango originated, please enjoy the following episode of Les Criquets Migrateurs, from Thailand:
This entomophagy recipe is included in Bugs for Beginners, a cookbook which teaches Westerners how to prepare edible insects and safely eat a bug. Text may include affiliate links
I'm Mic. I love reading about, writing about, thinking about, photographing, and especially eating, food. Especially bug food. Enough talk, let's eat!