Thursday, May 26, 2011


Pick, pick, pick. The ladies kept picking something off the edge of their nylon sacks. A boy had his mouth on a clear paraffin bag containing something long and green, perhaps small pea pods. Upon closer inspection I realized the ladies were selling GRASSHOPPERS. These live grasshoppers were trying desperately to escape certain death. Only one is known to have succeeded…the one who jumped into my hair.

Vickie told me that the grasshoppers are only available for harvest during the end of May and beginning of June, and the end of November and beginning of December. Pull the wings off, snap the head off, twist the legs off. She says that when well seasoned the grasshoppers are delicious. I’m not inclined to believe her.

Gizzards, grasshoppers…what’s next?