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These Grasshopper Churritos Are Bringing Mexican Food To The Rest Of The World One Bag At A Time

If you’re looking for a new high-fiber and protein snack then maybe grasshopper churritos might be for you. Say hello to Wichos, lime and chili-flavored churritos made out of seasoned ground grasshoppers. The product is the work of Erika Gil Gutiérrez and Magali Díaz García, two Mexican entrepreneurs that have been making the treats for the last year out of Mexico City.

The snacks are made out of flour from the grasshopper, amaranth, sesame, and flaxseed, with lemon and chipotle flavor.

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The company, Winko, was founded in 2017 and aims to end malnutrition in a sustainable way. Gutiérrez and Garcia want to accomplish this by producing foods and products rich in proteins that are made from grasshoppers and grasshopper dust.

According to The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the human population by 2030 will be 9,000 million people. They suggest looking for new alternatives that ensure enough food for the population.

One option recommended is edible insects that contain high proteins, vitamins, and amino acids. In countries like Asia, Africa, and Latin America, the consumption of insects is very common and it’s a path that Gutiérrez and Garcia have shaped their business model after.

They decided to go with grasshoppers because of the high protein levels and their history in Mexico during pre-Hispanic times.

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Winko originally got its grasshoppers solely from Oaxaca. Now they use insects from Puebla, Tlaxcala and the state of México. The duo realized the insect lives and breeds in Central Mexico so they decided to expand their reach and use some from those regions as well.

“Mexico has a great diversity of edible insects, as well as being part of our culture. We thought it was a good idea to experiment with them to see how we could offer a product that was healthy, of good quality and good flavor that would nourish and feed people and not just satisfy the craving with a snack that does not nourish.” Gutiérrez said in an interview with Tec Review.

In addition to high protein and fiber levels, Wichos have iron, magnesium, and vitamins A, B, and C. Of the more than 1,900 species of edible insects that are consumed globally, beyond being filled with proteins they are also good to the environment.

“The grasshopper is very efficient at producing its protein, so it needs fewer resources than other animals to offer a complete protein,” Gutiérrez said. “If we compare it against beef or pork, these animals need a lot of land, water, and food in order to produce a kilo of protein, as well as emitting a lot of greenhouse gases.”

Earlier this year, the entrepreneurs placed third in a food competition for their unique snack

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Back in March, Winko competed in the International Pitch Competition, during the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas. By winning, the duo gets one year of access to an acceleration program, international links, and accompaniment, $50,000 in investment and support for the collection of up to $ 500,000 in funds.

It’s safe to say Gutiérrez and Garcia have tapped into a unique food market that is just beginning to grow. With future plans to expand, don’t be surprised if you see a bag of Wichos at a market near you.

“Our plan for the future is to reach more people,” Garcia told Entrepreneur. “Our mission is to be able to nurture more people and offer this option so that people can enjoy themselves without sacrificing their pockets.”

READ: A List Of Latin American Cuisine That Isn’t For The Weak Stomach

Nonprofit United We Dream Is Crowdsourcing Immigrant Recipes For A Fundraising Cookbook

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Nonprofit United We Dream Is Crowdsourcing Immigrant Recipes For A Fundraising Cookbook

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During the COVID-19 lockdowns, people have spent a lot of time in their kitchens cooking food to bring them comfort. One unique thing about the self-isolation is that people are having to figure out how to make things stretch or substitute some of your usual ingredients. United We Dream wants to make sure they can do something good with all of the recipes we have created.

United We Dream wants to use your recipes to create some good.

According to an Instagram post, United We Dream is putting together an undocumented cookbook. In the spirit of sharing recipes and cultural moments, United We Dream is asking for people to submit their recipes.

“At United We Dream we believe in the power of art and culture to change hearts and minds and June is the perfect time to tap into our cultural creativity,” reads the United We Dream website. “On Immigrant Heritage Month, we want to celebrate our community through a joyous art form that every household does: cooking!”

The money is going to be used to help the undocumented and immigrant communities.

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According to Remezcla, 100 percent of profits from the book will go to the organization’s National UndocuFunds. United We Dream launched the National UndocuFund to deliver financial assistance to undocumented people struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is likely that the fund will need to do some extra lifting to help communities recovering from recent looting and rioting that has rocked the U.S. in recent days.

“We know that nothing brings people together quite like food,” reads the United We Dream website. “The dishes that immigrants create, no matter how simple or complex, allow people to experience cultures other than one’s own and all the joys and pleasures that come with it.”

The cookbook is already getting people excited.

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There is something to be said about people getting creative in the kitchen during this pandemic. Outings are limited because we are all staying home to slow the spread. There are also people who are still not at work. That is why we have had to get creative to make our food last.

“Today, times are tough because of COVID-19, but many working-class and poor households are embracing their creativity to create meals that both sustain their households and bring a moment of peace and comfort,” reads the United We Dream website. “We want to create a cookbook that reflects our diverse community and inspires memories of joy, comfort and togetherness!”

United We Dream understands the power of food.

Food is a unifier. Everyone eats and food is one way to connect with your culture. It is also a wonderful way to share your culture with other people. Sharing your food and culture with people is a special way to let your friends into your life.

The organization is still taking recipe suggestions. If you want a chance to give more people a look into who you are and your culture through food, click here to share a recipe.

READ: Colorado Organization Raises Money To Offer Relief Checks To Undocumented People In The State

Prisoner Starts His Own Cooking Show On TikTok And, Like, How

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Prisoner Starts His Own Cooking Show On TikTok And, Like, How

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Another day, another prisoner blowing up on TikTok. Jeron Combs, 31, is the latest TikTok prisoner sensation with his cooking show. You read that right. The man is creating foods in his prison cell and broadcasting it to the rest of the world via TikTok.

Jeron Combs, aka @blockboyjmomey on TikTok, is a cooking sensations.

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One of his most popular videos is the burrito that he was able to put together in his prison cell. The 31-year-old, who is in prison for first-degree murder and attempted murder, took his 1.3 million TikTok followers through a step-by-step guide to create the burritos.

We can’t be sure but it does seems like he cooks for all of those around him.

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We don’t know how many burritos he made but it is clear he is cooking for more than just he and his cellmate. Unless he and his cellmate are hungry enough to eat all of those burritos.

He has managed to use his metal bed frame to double as a griddle to cook the food.

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His bed frame is literally used to heat up his food and to make those burritos hot and fresh. Not going to lie, they look pretty delicious.

He even shows how he is able to heat up his bed frame to create the griddle: a hot plate.

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Genius, tbh. However, how was he able to get everything that he needed in order to create his griddle bed? Also, how did he set up a TikTok account and manage to post regularly? His burrito video has more than 4 million views alone.

For some, this is what the Internet is for.

Social media has a way of always outdoing itself with wild content. Like, this is not the first nor will it be the last prisoner to use TikTok or any other social media platform to flex. Who can forget the prisoner who posted to Instagram about the Popeye’s chicken sandwich?

For others, this is some wholesome content.

Sure, the video itself is pretty fine. However, do not forget that the man is in prison for murder. So, while the prison burrito might be a fun gimmick, it is still odd to celebrate.

A whole other group of people is just made their boy got exposed.

What do you think about the prison burrito video?

READ: The Internet Wants To Know How A Prisoner Got A Popeyes Sandwich And Posted It To His IG Story