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Mexico City scorpion tacos have 'a sting in the tale'

Mexico, Mexico City
December 02, 2019 at 07:38 GMT +00:00 · Published

Visitors of the traditional Mexican San Juan Market in the historic centre of Mexico City have a unique opportunity to taste Mexican-style tacos with wild menu items such as scorpions, bugs, worms and fly eggs.

Footage filmed at the market on Friday shows chef Carlos Reyes cooking and serving the tacos with cooked scorpions and tequila shot with a worm inside as a welcoming drink.

"The scorpion taco arises in the state of Durango where there are many scorpions," Carlos said, adding "we put the scorpion in the oven so that its poison disappears."

Serving insects as food is a long-running cultural tradition in Mexico, dating back to the pre-colonial era.

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Visitors of the traditional Mexican San Juan Market in the historic centre of Mexico City have a unique opportunity to taste Mexican-style tacos with wild menu items such as scorpions, bugs, worms and fly eggs.

Footage filmed at the market on Friday shows chef Carlos Reyes cooking and serving the tacos with cooked scorpions and tequila shot with a worm inside as a welcoming drink.

"The scorpion taco arises in the state of Durango where there are many scorpions," Carlos said, adding "we put the scorpion in the oven so that its poison disappears."

Serving insects as food is a long-running cultural tradition in Mexico, dating back to the pre-colonial era.

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