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Queen Weaver Ants (Oecophylla Smaragdina)
Ants weavers – Oecophylla Smaragdina
The weaver ants make their nest from leaves sewn with the silk produced by their larvae. They are found in the trees, on a perched height. The weaver ant colonies are founded by a female, the queen, who lays her first string of eggs on a leaf and protects them until they become mature workers. The workers will then build leaf nests. Colonies can be extremely large, consisting of more than a hundred nests covering many trees and containing more than half a million workers. In 25 g bags, Next-Food offers them to confirmed entomophages and to those seeking discovery or challenge.
Ants weavers in salad or chocolate
It is a popular dish in Southeast Asia. However, because of the difficulty of collecting that is limited to a few months of the year, they become as rare as precious. As a result, consumption is reserved for particular moments. Visit our website next-food.net and you can order ants edible weavers packaged in 25 g bags!
The weaver ants are recognizable by their tangy and slightly spicy taste, making them an excellent appetizer. They also go well with seasonal salads, while others prefer them for dessert, with chocolate.
A recipe to appreciate the taste of weaver ants
There is nothing better than insect recipes where the condiments are well dosed to reveal all their flavors. Verrines with weaver ants are part of it. It includes 60g of ants, 4 Greek yogurts, a cucumber, 3 teaspoons of cumin, mint, pepper and salt.
For the preparation, diced cucumber and yogurt are mixed in a bowl before adding ants, chopped mint and caraway. We finish with a seasoning of salt and pepper. For an hour, we put the salad bowl covered with film in the refrigerator. Finally, the preparation is presented in the verrines. We serve with some decorative touches. Order edible weaver ants now at next-food.net!
Vitamin C and calcium intake
Like most edible insects, weaver ants are rich in nutrients. Thanks to the particularity of their diet made mainly of leaves, they are very rich in vitamin C. They also have a considerable intake of calcium with a lipid content of less than 17%.
These edible ants also contain a good rate of carbohydrate that is not found in meat. In short, they are an excellent supplementary food to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.