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

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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

Mexico Is Putting Luxury Cars, Condos, And Land Seized From Real Life Narcos Up For Auction, Here’s What You Could Buy

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Mexico Is Putting Luxury Cars, Condos, And Land Seized From Real Life Narcos Up For Auction, Here’s What You Could Buy

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Giant estates with swimming pools and escape tunnels, a ranch surrounded by acres of land, and a chic luxury apartment with a terrifying history were among the 27 properties Mexico had seized from drug traffickers and others auctioned on Sunday.

The government is seizing property and selling it at auction.

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The apartments auctioned on Sunday include one of a cartel leader who was killed there and disposed of by his brothers.

The government is also selling off land. The cheapest is a lot in Culiacán, Sinaloa, priced at about $11,200 USD, while the most expensive is the Rancho Los Tres García in Naucalpan, México state, priced at over $1.6 million USD. It was confiscated from convicted drug trafficker Carlos Montemayor, father-in-law of Edgar “La Barbie” Valdez Villarreal, after he was arrested in 2010.

According to Mexican media, the auction raised $56.6 million pesos (or about $3 million USD) of the 167m pesos predicted.

The Mexican President pledged that all the money raised from the auctions would go to benefit impoverished communities.

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According to Lopez-Obrador (AMLO), the proceeds from the auction of properties and land, which had been seized by previous governments, would go to aid marginalized communities in the poor and violent state of Guerrero.

“Buyers will know that in addition to acquiring a good deal, they will also be doing good, that is, they will be helping those who need support because of the situation of poverty and marginalization they suffer,” AMLO said Friday.

In one of his first acts in office, Lopez Obrador enforced an austerity plan.

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AMLO sold government-owned vehicles and even planned on selling the president’s brand new Boeing 787 jetliner. He also dismissed the Presidential Guard, which is tasked with protecting the president, and declined to move into Los Pinos – Mexico’s version of the White House – and instead lives in his private home.

In a similar auction at the end of May, Mexican authorities raised $1.5 million from the sales of 82 vehicles, including a Lamborghini and other assets seized from criminals and at least one former politician.

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The late-May auction saw 800 bidders, with the money raised going to two poor communities in the southern state of Oaxaca to improve roads and schools. Seventeen black, bulletproof Chevrolet Suburbans were also up for auction but it was the muscle cars and vintage VWs that got all the attention.

Reactions on Twitter were pretty mixed.

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A pretty common sentiment across Twitter was that people just wouldn’t feel safe moving into a home that had been seized from a former drug lord. I mean just think of all the risk that carries with it. Like that drug lord still has connections, still has friends – there are still people that are aware of its history. Maybe they’d show up wanting to take it for themselves at some point.

But everyone agreed that giving the proceeds of the auction to help the poor was the right move.

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Especially since the communities that will benefit from these proceeds are in violence plagued Guerrero state – a state that has suffered greatly because of the Drug War.

13 Facts You Didn’t Know About Tajín

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13 Facts You Didn’t Know About Tajín

Tajín is one of those things that you just don’t question. It’s just always existed–in someone’s purse, on the ring of your margarita, in savory and sweet treats alike. There are no rules when it comes to Tajín. It’s just been in the family since forever.

No matter how ubiquitous Tajín is in your pantry, purse, or every family photo on the mantle, we bet you didn’t know these facts about fruit’s favorite seasoning.

Tajín™ has blessed our people for nearly 35 years.

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But of course, like every other Mexican food company, the flavors are built off traditional Mexican flavors that have been around much longer. We all get to toast our Tajín-rimmed michelada’s to an abuela.

We owe *this* to an abuelita named Mama Necha.

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The story goes that Tajín founder Horacio Fernandez was just a boy when his abuela, Necha, would make her signature sauce. He would shout, “Mama Necha made her sauce!” That would set off alarms for friends and family to gather around the table.

Mama Necha would use seven different chiles to make the sauce.

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Horacio specifically loved pouring the sauce over a fresh elote. His website describes the “Aha!” moment as “One day, as he delighted in the way the sauce ran down the sides of his corn cob he thought how wonderful it would be if there were a way for the whole world to taste this sauce.”

From then on, Horacio started developing a special process to dehydrate the limes and chiles.

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Horacio’s goal with Tajín wasn’t to recreate the exact sauce his abuela created. He wanted to preserve the quality and flavors of the sauce–in a dehydrated form.

Tajín is technically a “powdered sauce.”

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It might say ‘seasoning’ on the bottle but, since it’s 1993 year of launch in the U.S. market, Tajín has been a pioneer in the “powdered sauce” category.

Horacio’s powdered his abuela’s recipe so that way he could bring the flavors everywhere he went.

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It’s advertised as a way to spice up fruit and vegetables, but we’re all sneaking it’s miniature size into every movie theater like our mamis taught us. The trope that Latinos are spicy is probably because of tajín.

The name came after Horacio visited the Tajín archeological site in Veracruz.

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Horacio was on a trip to delve further into Mexico’s rich history. He was mesmerized by the ruins of Tajín, and once he found out “aji” means chile in the Nahuatl language, it was all over for him. He launched his company and named it Tajín in 1985.

Every purchase of Tajín helps support the National School of Ceramics.

“Responsabilidad Social” Digital Image. Tajín. 21 June 2019.

Horacio wanted to make sure that his company did more to preserve Mexican culture. Tajín undoubtedly has made an impact to spread the culture globally, but what about at home?

The school is working to provide Bachelors, Masters and P.h.D. degrees, but for now it’s offering workshops and classes to preserve a cornerstone of Mexican arts.

The bottle label says “THIS IS NOT CANDY” for a reason.

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Apparently, children have been known to eat it straight from the bottle. The seasoning is made of seven different chiles, and, as good as it tastes going down, we imagine children’s tummies couldn’t quite handle it.

Tajín has become part of countless signature drink recipes.

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Granted, most of us just sprinkle Tajín onto every drink. The best micheladas and bloody marys are spiced up with Tajín.

The only covered strawberries Latinos want are chamoy and Tajín covered strawberries.

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How good do these spicy strawberries look? Those are chamoy infusers🍓

Tajín leaves people feeling more body positive than before.

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One Tajín fan likes to use the varying size options as a reminder to stay bo-po. Her caption reads, “Just a friendly Tajín reminder to love yourself . We come in all shapes , colors, & sizes. ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜”

Tajín is completely allergen-free and Kosher.

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It’s safe for everyone, y’all! Spread the word–Tajín might not have been around B.C. but it’s going to be around for a long, long time.

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