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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.

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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.

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Three Bee Salad

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Recipe: National Geographic

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Insect Sushi

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Via: Tony McNicol

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Fried Grasshoppers

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Via: Green Prophet

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Sheesh Kabobs

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Recipe: National Geographic

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Fried Scorpion on a Stick

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Via: Village Joy

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Chocolate Covered Crickets

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Via: Cafe Mom

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Deep Fried Tarantula Spider

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Recipe: National Geographic

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Ginger Dusted Beetle

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Via: Good Food Revolution

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Mealworm and Pigeon Burger

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Via: The Independent

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Locust Pizza

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Via: ABC Net AU

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Insect Chocolates

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Honey Spiced Locusts

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Recipe: Inn at the Crossroads

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Escamoles a.k.a. Ant Eggs

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Via: I Bizarre Foods

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Banana Worm Bread

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Recipe: The Guardian

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Crunchy Cricket Stir Fry

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Recipe: The New Protein Blog

 

Header image via National Geographic