Why is a homeless woman selling Crickets on the D Train?
Because there is a demand!
Because of the UN & pretty women like this:
Eating Crickets: Why One Vogue Editor Did It, and Why You Should, Too
I say proudly because entomophagy—the practice of eating insects—is a concept that for a long time I wasn’t able to wrap my head, or more specifically my tongue, around. I feel squeamish even typing out the word bug. But on the third night in Oaxaca City with my girlfriends, I found myself at a seemingly endless night market and face-to-face with 50 or so vendors selling every kind of crawly insect known to humankind. The most popular by far? Crickets. So much so that kids were running around with zippered bags filled with them, popping a few fried morsels in their mouth as they played. It was as if they were casually munching on salt and vinegar chips, except these were hot and spicy crickets—apparently the snack of choice for this generation.
Though chapulines—grasshoppers fried in spices—were seemingly present on every menu during our trip, the dish had never really piqued my interest. But seeing thousands of fried insects in woven baskets measured and wrapped in plastic bags at the night market was a different story. That evening, as we walked by the 10th cart selling crickets, my curiosity got the best of me. I stood there and examined the two baskets the vendor was selling: one contained fried whole crickets and the other was filled to the brim with cricket parts—wings and legs spilling over—looking as if they might function better as a garnish. The vendor immediately recognized us as tourists and decided to have a little fun, throwing a dead cricket in my face. Out of pure instinct, I jumped back with a yelp and a nervous chuckle.
I immediately thought back to the first time I was introduced to crickets as food about three years ago: The guy I was dating was being recruited to work for a startup, Exo, which was attempting to introduce cricket protein bars into the mainstream food market. He once handed me a protein bar containing about 40 crickets’ worth of protein powder. I had immediately thrown it aside. Vogue Read More>>>>>>