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Mmmh… Chapulines!!!

Oaxacan markets are known for several things: worldfamous mezqual, fabolous stamped tin ware, wonderful bouquets of flowers, leather sandals/bags/belts, embroidered textiles in any colour you can imagine and of course: Chapulines!!!

Now, when I heard Chapulines for the first time I thought about lil’ sparkeling handmade beads you can find at local mexican markets. Then they were mentioned in connection with food and I thought, “well, chapulines sound like some smallish colourful fruits you can find at local mexican markets. I was wrong and in case you aren’t a total spanish genius you still don’t know what chapulines are either – Chapulines are small, in garlic and chilli fried and with lemon seasoned grasshoppers you can find at local mexican markets.

If you wouln’t look at those lil’ guys for too long you wouln’t know that you just ate an insect – they’re very crunchy, a little sour but quite tasty!

- Isabell -

Necklaces at Oaxaca market (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Necklaces at Oaxaca market (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Chapulines – Grasshoppers (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Chapulines – Grasshoppers (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Bernd eating Chapulines (© 2010 Isabell Gernert)
Bernd eating Chapulines (© 2010 Isabell Gernert)