COLOMBIA: Caviar of Santander

What is it that looks like a coffee bean, tastes like a crisp pistachio nut and crackles when munched? As any Colombian gourmet knows, it is a toasted queen ant from Santander Department, and the very thought of the tasty tidbit is enough to make his mouth water.

Last week as the seasonal rains fell, signaling the start of ant harvest time, Santandereano peasants bolted their spring planting and scrambled as fast as their bare feet would take them to the dune-like ant hills that dot the countryside near the city of Bucaramanga. Stepping lively to avoid the angry swarms...

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