With the Rainy Season in Southern Mexico, Flying Ants Take Over the Menu

A container of nucú, flying ants, gathered from remote areas around Chiapas, awaits sale at Mercado Público 5 de Mayo. Nucú is a seasonal specialty in Mexico’s southern state of Chiapas, and is consumed in a variety of ways – including as a pizza topping.

Adriana Alcázar González, GPJ Mexico


The inhabitants of the state of Chiapas in the south of Mexico include a special ingredient in their food during the rainy season. The ingredient is flying ants that come out of the soil during the rains in those months. These ants are captured, fried and eaten with tortillas and salsas by locals. Each bite not only includes tradition but it also has a high protein and fat content that balances the local diet.

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