Price 12,90 €
Among the largest ants in the World and considered a delicacy in South America, Queen Leafcutter Ants were first prepared and eaten by the Guane Indians over five hundred years ago. Acting as early insect farmers they took special care of their ant hills, locking them in stockades for protection and to exercise ownership.
Referred to as Hormigas Culonas (Big Ass Ants to you and me), they’re harvested twice a year – April to May and October to November. This bi-annual collection is an event for many families as children have fun collecting and it provides a valuable source of extra income.
In a recent study by the University Industrial de Santander in Colombia it was found that Atta Laevigata (Queen Leafcutter Ant) is a rich source of unsaturated fatty acids thus aiding in the prevention of high cholesterol. Our energy-boosting giant ants contain around 20% protein, 33% unsaturated fat, 10% ash and 4% carbohydrates. They’re also a good source of vitamins B1, B2 and B3 and are thought to possess aphrodisiac properties, being referred to locally as ‘Copricó’ – ‘marriage food’.
Following a time honoured tradition dating back over 500 years our ants are manually processed with rudimentary instruments, a procedure that ensures their wonderfully rich smoked bacon like taste can be fully savoured and enjoyed.
WARNING! Insects may cause an allergic reaction to those who are allergic to, for example, dust mites or shrimp. Food allergens are proteins. Sensitisation to insect proteins is possible, just like to any other food proteins. The proteins that insects contain are similar to the proteins of e.g. crustaceans and molluscs. Thus persons who are allergic to prawns, for example, may have an allergic reaction from insect food.
OBS! Man kan vara allergisk mot insektmat. Matallergenerna är proteiner. Man kan bli allergisk mot insektproteiner på samma sätt som mot andra proteiner i maten. Proteinerna i insekter är jämförbara med proteinerna i t.ex. skaldjur och blötdjur. Därför kan en person som är allergisk mot t.ex. räkor få en allergisk reaktion av insektmat.