Cravings Culture

The Seattle Mariners Are Selling Toasted Grasshopper Tacos

Sports are about trying to beat your opponent, and that mentality does not stop on the field, as it has trickled down to concession stands as well.

With MLB ballparks serving foods such as deep-fried brisket balls, and Dodger Dog-stuffed burgers, the Seattle Mariners went with a different source of protein with their new toasted grasshoppers.

ESPN’s Darren Rovell tweeted a photo of the “Chapulines” (Toasted Oaxacan Grasshoppers), saying they will be marinated in chili and lime, and sold in little cups for $4.

They are sold at a concession stand run by Mexican restaurant called Poquitos, and they’re even offering the toasted bugs in their tacos if you so desire.

Growing up in Southern California around countless taco shops, I’ve eaten meats that some consider strange, such as lengua (beef tongue), and tripas (small intestines), but I don’t know if I could transition to grasshopper tacos.

A spokesperson for the Mariners told Rovell that they don’t realistically expect to sell too many of their creepy crawlies, but they’re still a fun offering for the fans.

Over the last couple of years, baseball stadiums have really stepped up their food game, and the Mariners just threw everyone a curveball. By year’s-end, we’ll see if the grasshoppers produce a home run or strikeout.


Gratuitous Food Porn: Insect Edition

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Andrew Zimmern pops them like candy and they have an entire cookbook designed around them but they’re considered taboo for modern day consumption. We’re talking insects. Yes, those creepy crawlies out in your backyard are indeed edible but chances are after the age of five you stopped trying to eat them willingly. Insects are actually eaten pretty frequently around the world but here in the US we get freaked out at the idea. There’s a high nutritional value to these little buggers but the only time we ever see these pests is at the bottom of a tequila bottle or immortalized in a lollipop. Besides gag gifts, insects can actually be transformed into some odd yet palatable dishes.


Three Bee Salad


Recipe: National Geographic


Insect Sushi

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Via: Tony McNicol


Fried Grasshoppers


Via: Green Prophet


Sheesh Kabobs


Recipe: National Geographic


Fried Scorpion on a Stick


Via: Village Joy


Chocolate Covered Crickets

chocolate cricket

Via: Cafe Mom


Deep Fried Tarantula Spider


Recipe: National Geographic


Ginger Dusted Beetle

ginger beetle

Via: Good Food Revolution


Mealworm and Pigeon Burger


Via: The Independent


Locust Pizza

locust pizza

Via: ABC Net AU


Insect Chocolates

12_-_mealworm_and_locust_pralinesVia: RNW


Honey Spiced Locusts


Recipe: Inn at the Crossroads


Escamoles a.k.a. Ant Eggs


Via: I Bizarre Foods


Banana Worm Bread


Recipe: The Guardian


Crunchy Cricket Stir Fry


Recipe: The New Protein Blog


Header image via National Geographic