Foods You Love Only if You Were Raised On Them

Written by Keren Mikva


Not to be confused with escargot, escamoles are a Mexican specialty made from insect larvae — specifically ant larva normally found in agave or maguey plants. Buttery and nutty in flavor, they resemble cottage cheese in consistency and are considered the “caviar of insects.” It’s difficult to harvest them. Farmers need to dig down as far as two feet into the ground to reach a nest of larvae, and are they are therefore considered a special (and expensive) treat.