Gusanos de Maguey (Agave Worms), a Mexican Appetizer in Leon, Guanajuato

How many times have foreigners in Mexico looked at a menu in a traditional Mexican restaurant and seen some pretty crazy things listed as appetizers or entrées? Outrageously foreign-sounding foods like chapulines (grasshoppers), escamoles (ant larvae), and gusanos (worms) that do not sound appealing to people for whom bugs and other items (like tripe) are not traditionally on the menus in our home countries. But living in Mexico, or any foreign country, should be an invitation to immerse oneself in the traditional foods of that country because so much of the culture and history is wrapped up in their traditional foods. For that reason, it continues to be my goal to sample regional foods from all over Mexico, no matter how strange it may seem to my American palate. With that in mind, here is a short video of my husband enjoying gusanos de maguey (agave worms/grubs) while we dined out at a popular restaurant in our local mall.

I challenge you, dear readers, to try eating something unappealing or unfamiliar the next time you visit a foreign country. Those of you that have done so, what are some of the things you have tried and what did you think about it? Can you recommend some other strange foods that we should try while we travel around Mexico? When we ate a few of these worms, it turned out, they weren’t bad and actually tasted pretty good (We have eaten larger grubs than this. Check out this post for that adventure.) Share what adventurous foods you have tried in the comments below. Happy adventuring!

Published by Angela.Grier

I'm a wife of an engineer and a mom of two elementary-aged children, a boy and a girl. I was a fisheries biologist for several years, a stay-at-home mom for three years, then a middle school science teacher for three years. I currently live in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico with my family. I have a WIDE variety of interests, too many according to my husband. I quilt, crochet, knit, scrapbook. I sometimes play piano when I need peaceful moments. I love to cook, especially anything containing eggs (someday I need to raise chickens in order to feed my egg addiction). I read voraciously, books of all genres from Stephen King to Robert Jordan, Libba Bray to Edward Robertson, Grace Burrowes to Kim Harrison. I like to run, especially in races (I'm only a little competitive). I love to fish, camp, and hike wherever there are wild spaces. And if there were more hours in the day, I'd probably fill those extra hours learning a new skill or revisiting the ones I did not include in this list because it's been so long since I last did them.

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