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Scores of agave products hit the market in Mexico

Mexico City, Mar 10 (EFE).- Cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and foods are among the products being made from agave in Mexico, where the plant provides the raw material for tequila and mezcal, but the cactus is in short supply, pushing up prices. "We are clearly seeing a rise in the price of agave because this has always been the industry that feels it the most," Mexican Mezcal Quality Regulation Council, or Comercam, president Hipocrates Nolasco told Efe.

Beetles and scorpions creep on to Paris food scene

PARIS (Reuters) - Popular delicacies in Asia but spurned by most in the West, grasshoppers, beetles and waterscorpions have crept on to the menu of a Parisian restaurant for the first time. In the heart of the French capital, better known for its butter croissants and haute cuisine, Le Festin Nu, or Naked Feast, has just added to its menu dishes as remote as possible from the classics, with crunchy insects imported from Thailand.

A bug feast fit for Aztec kings makes a comeback

A feast fit for an Aztec king is making a comeback in Mexican restaurants serving some of the insect delicacies once relished by the country's ancient rulers. It's not Montezuma's revenge, but can you stomach it? From the corner cantina to the refined white-linen cafe, chefs are writing up menus that could make a foodie's skin crawl: furry worms, mosquito larvae and crunchy grasshoppers are just a few of the flavors being resurrected. "We are going through an insect boom," said Daniel Ovadia, chef of Mexico City's high-end Paxia restaurant.

Montezuma's Revenge: A bug feast fit for Aztec kings makes a comeback

A feast fit for an Aztec king is making a comeback in Mexican restaurants serving some of the insect delicacies once relished by the country's ancient rulers.

US cheese lovers battle to save mite-ridden mimolette

In the Washington suburb of Arlington, cheese shop owner Jill Erber is leading an almost desperate crusade to convince US authorities not to ban one of her products over a tiny thing like mites. The sign behind the counter at Cheesetique, Erber's store and wine bar where more than 200 kinds of cheese are on offer, says it all: "Save the mimolette." In just a few weeks, "we probably won't be able to get mimolette from our distributors any longer," Erber told AFP.

Mexican spirit gains popularity around the world

Mexico City, May 28 (EFE).- Mezcal, an alcoholic beverage long considered too common to interest connoisseurs, has gained popularity in Mexico and around the world, challenging tequila, the country's best known distilled beverage. Consumption of mezcal at "drinking holes," bars and restaurants in Mexico City soared 127 percent from 2009 to 2012, the Mexican Mezcal Quality Regulation Council, or Comercam, said. The number of establishments serving mezcal in the capital increased by 660 percent during the same period, the Comercam said.

Eating insects could help fight obesity, UN says

More than 1,900 species of insects are eaten around the world, mainly in Africa and Asia, but people in the West generally turn their noses up at the likes of grasshoppers, termites and other crunchy fare.

Cheesed off protesters slam US mimolette blockade

Around 40 protesters took to the streets of New York on Saturday to demonstrate against a US ban on mimolette that has angered lovers of the distinctive French cheese. Since March, several hundred pounds of the bright orange cheese have been held up by US customs because of a warning by the Food and Drug Administration that it contained microscopic cheese mites. The mites are a critical part of the process to produce mimolette, giving it its distinctive grayish crust.
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