Friday, July 17, 2020

Hoppin' good

My current campsite is surrounded by tall grass. And this time if year that means grasshoppers. Zillions of them. Small ones—about an inch.

If I had a net to gather them, and the correct seasonings, I could make a pile of chapulines.

Yes, I have eaten bugs. On purpose. Voluntarily. Happily. Yum.

Grasshoppers are almost flavorless. It’s all about the seasoning. Salt, onion, garlic, chilies, vinegar, lime juice… Go to your spice rack, be imaginative. It’s like creating a high protein alternative to potato chips. Oooo, how about chilies, cinnamon and chocolate, like mole? Or coriander, cumin, turmeric, ginger and mustard, like curry? Or go simple: fry ‘em up in some clarified butter and sprinkle on some salt.

C’mon. Hoppers are organic, free range, grass fed, non-GMO, and I’m sure someone will claim they have wondrous medicinal qualities.

However, I have no information about the pros or cons of grasshoppers taken while copulating, like this lovely couple. Hey! Get a room!


  1. Ewwwwwwwww. It's like snails, they're mainly a vehicle for butter and garlic, but they have that texture....

  2. Loved the way you sold them, "grassfed" etc. Have you considered writing ad copy? Remote work that might pay well.

    Now I've got to ask my latino/a housemates where to get some.

    1. I worked in advertising for 35 years. That was enough.