Diners who are fascinated with ants' eggs are no stranger to Ham Ho (Binh Dinh). Some people think that ant eggs are a gift from heaven, because it is not only a delicious, strange, nutritious product but also very rare.
Ham Ho is an attractive tourist destination of Tay Son martial land (Binh Dinh). This is a arid region with favorable natural conditions for nesting of weaver ant colonies. Knowing that the eggs of this ant have a high nutrient content, the people in the area have cleverly created a lot of delicious and nutritious dishes.
The time for collecting ant eggs lasts from January to the end of February. This is the best time for weaver ants, which is succulent, has a milky white color and is particularly high in protein. In these months, there are days people exploit about 6-8 kg of ant eggs, income up to millions.
|Ham Ho people believe that weaver ant eggs are a dish of "fortune".|
According to the experience of the "hunters" of skilled ant eggs, the nest is delicious, nutritious is a type of nest with many eggs in round, juicy, smooth white, with a white film covering the leaves.
To find weaver ant eggs, people have to go deep into the forest. The exploitation also needs to have "tricks" and ingenuity, because just a little mistake will be bitten by relatives ants mercilessly.
If you are a newcomer to "hunting" for the first time, no experience will be easy to confuse ant eggs with their larvae. For easy distinction, professional people base on the color of the weaver ant nest. If the nest is dark green, it means that the egg has just shed, but when it has turned yellow, it will surely develop into larvae.
To get ant eggs, people choose an ivory bamboo pole about 8m sharpened one end, tied aluminum brass to the bottom of an egg pole. After many times holding sharp pole poking into the nest, eggs and ants fell into aluminum brass. The bottom is covered with a fine layer of ash, the purpose to protect the egg from being broken. At this time, people proceed to filter the ash layer and pick up eggs to bring back.
|Finding and "hunting" weaver ant eggs is not a simple task.|
Ants eggs are also available in some other places such as Western Nghe An, Quang Binh or Central Highlands, ... The mountainous people have ants cooked with bamboo shoots. In Cu Chi, there are specialties of ant eggs cooked with giang leaves and unique banana trunks. In Minh Hoa (Quang Binh), there is a dish of sour soup with vermicelli cooked with ant eggs. But to eat ant eggs must know how, eat slowly, sipping little by little to absorb the fat, juicy.
With the skillful hands of the people of Ham Ho, there are three most popular delicacies, including ant egg mannequin, ant warehouse of ant eggs and ant egg soup. How to do just simple and easy to implement, gourmets just need to look at once to know immediately. Ant eggs bring fried, seasoning just used. Then mixed with cucumber, grapefruit mixture and sepals of the jackfruit slices, sprinkle with a little more roasted peanuts right away. When eating ant egg mannequin will have acrid, sour, sweet and crunchy blend very nicely.
|The famous ant ant egg egg salad of Binh Dinh.|
Braised cabbage ant eggs are also attractive. Processors only need to pick up mustard chilli for a long time and store with ant eggs, let it take two minutes to use immediately. Finally, the ant egg soup, just boil water, drop the ant eggs into the pot, season with just taste, add a little scallion and have a delicious soup with white rice.
|There are many delicacies made from weaver ant eggs.|
In particular, Ham Ho people have special remedies for people with diabetes. According to the research, weaver ants have the ability to secrete an amount of acid to promote the growth process of fruit trees such as oranges, lemons, grapefruit, etc. Only hanging pieces of beef on tall branches with weaver ant ants about two hours. then cook thinly sliced porridge. Immediately, the acid secreted from the ants infuse the beef, which will eliminate excess sugar in the blood of the sick.
The good ant eggs are good, but the current source of ants has become scarce because of environmental factors. However, if you come to Ham Ho in the "ant" egg-hunting season, you can still be lucky to enjoy this wonderful ant egg.
Hoang Ngoc / dantri