Of all the eggs in the world you can eat besides those that come from a chicken, why would I pick ants when I could easily procure a quail, emu, or ostrich egg? Well, my inspiration was the aforementioned movie above but more than that was the fact the first thing that came to my mind when it came to eating ants were their eggs.
Sure, I could've got queen weaver ants, weaver ants, canned black ants, or weaver ant eggs, but black ant eggs were in stock on Bizarre Food.com's website.
What are black ant eggs used for traditionally anyway? Well, according to Bizarre Food.com's description:
"Wild black ant eggs (polyrhachis sp) have been used in Chinese medicine for centuries, they are believed to help improve the immune system and reduce fatigue. They are also said to have many other health benefits. Black ants are also high in protein.
They are commonly prepared by infusing with alcohol and left to steep for several days before before consuming. They can also be used in various food dishes, they have a slightly acidic taste so they go well with salads."
I didn't taste anything acidic whatsoever.
For the purposes of making scrambled eggs that came from ants, preserved weaver ant eggs would've been a better choice, as they're not already boiled and dehydrated, unlike the black ant eggs I used. You have to rehydrate the eggs and then put them in the frying pan, but only cooking them for 15 seconds at most. Even then, the consistency was crunchy but it reminded me of the burnt stuff still on the stove after making multiple batchewww.bizarrefood.com/edible-insects-bugs/dehydrated-black-ant-eggss of pancakes. The taste itself was pretty neutral, but that's probably because I poured honey onto the ant eggs as they were cooking.
Sweets or spicy ingredients tend to make insects palatable.
The eggs looked pretty cool when I opened the bag. They looked like chocolate sprinkles, so if you're a sociopath, you could probably prank somebody by putting this on top of their ice cream in lieu of actual chocolate sprinkles. The eggs had a grassy smell to them, so they probably would've tasted grassy in their boiled, dehydrated, ready-to-eat state.
My dad didn't try this recipe for obvious reasons as he's not an insect eater unlike moi.
Black Ant Eggs: www.bizarrefood.com/edible-insects-bugs/dehydrated-black-ant-eggs
You will need:
For the cooking equipment:
A large bowl
A frying pan
For the ingredients:
10 grams boiled and dried black ant eggs(see HELPUFL LINK)
2 tsp. water
Olive oil for frying
Honey on the side
1. Put the eggs in the large bowl and the water. Mix the two together to rehydrate the eggs.
2. Pour olive oil into a frying pan and turn the stove on to heat the oil up. Pour the rehydrated eggs into the frying pan and pour honey on top of them.
3. Scramble the eggs for 15 seconds before turning the stove off and scrambling them a few seconds more.
4. Serve with toast, ketchup, and some honey on the side.