Next time you are in Oaxaca and want a culinary adventure, you might try chapulines colorados for an afternoon snack. Red grasshoppers of the genus Sphenarium are a common snack food item served as an appetizer in this region in Mexico.

The grasshoppers are collected during the months of May through August and maybe into early October. They are thoroughly washed and toasted. The toasting occurs on a round earthen dish called a comal. When toasted, the grasshoppers turn a bright red color. The grasshoppers are sprinkled with garlic, lime Read the rest of this entry »