For Colombians, eating big butt ants is a long-standing tradition, rooted in ancient tribal culture. Traveling to Colombia, diners can buy this dish on the street, or indulge in fine restaurants with many different ways of processing.
Hormigas Culonas (Hormigas Culonas) is a strange specialty that is commonly used in Colombia. This dish is a nutritious food, with a unique flavor that is very popular with gourmets in this country.
The big butt ant dish is also a relatively expensive dish.
The strange name of the ant species above comes from its distinct appearance. It is an ant about the size of a bee, round, black or glossy brown, prominent with a large round bottom. Big butt ant dish is also a relatively expensive dish, especially on occasions when this species is scarce, the price is sky-high.
Centuries ago, people in northeastern Colombia caught the Hormigas Culonas ants that often appear during the rainy season to make food.
Normally, the big butt ants are often soaked in brine by Colombians and baked, eaten right when they are still hot and crispy. The taste of this specialty dish is compared to the smell of peanuts, or pork skin, slightly bitter. Others say it smells like popcorn. Even many people think that the taste of this dish is like expensive sturgeon eggs.
Customers may be surprised to see that this dish is even compared to the taste of sturgeon eggs, but this is also extremely understandable, because when you bite a piece of big butt ants you will see that it is full inside eggs, very similar to caviar caviar. Not only is it simply grilled and eaten as a specialty, but the big butt ants are also used by Colombians in many different dishes such as pizza, pasta, sauces of dishes .
Big butt ants are used by Colombians in many different dishes.
Even, this ant is also used to dip in premium Belgian chocolate and is sold for up to $ 8 for only 12 children. Many restaurants in Colombia put big buttocks on their menus, with many different ways of processing.
In fact, hunting for 'big butt ants' is not easy. They live in herds, including worker ants and princess ants, but only eat ants, and worker ants do not.
Therefore, in order to earn strong and powerful ants, they must overcome the 'barriers' of thousands of worker ants ready to rush to bite. Hormigas Culonas worker ants are painful, which can lead to bleeding.
In Colombia, the hunting of big butt ants is considered an official occupation and provides a significant source of income for the people here. Because it is quite difficult to collect and sometimes supply is not enough, the price of big butt ants in Colombia can bounce up to 40 dollars (more than 900 thousand dong) for only 50g.