Mexican authorities stop restaurant from selling $26 tarantula tacos

The Associated Press tipped us off to a restaurant called Mexico En El Paladar, which describes itself as serving “Gastronomia pre-Hispanica y exotica”—pre-Hispanic and exotic cuisine that delves into Mexico City’s Aztec past. The restaurant utilizes a number of unorthodox-in-2018 ingredients including moth larvae, crocodile, deer chorizo, ostrich. Here they are serving chocolate-covered scorpions.

One special, however, drew the attention of Mexican authorities. In a Facebook video from the restaurant, we see a cook fire-blasting the hairs from a Mexican red rump tarantula. Apparently you can’t turn these into a taco, as this species of tarantula is a protected species. Read more here.

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