Black Ants

4 units, 15 grams/ea
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Black ants (Polyrachis) can be eaten or used as a high protein ingredient right out of the can (they have a slightly acidic flavor), or steeped in tea (with the leaves), then discarded. In China they are sometimes steeped in alcohol or powdered & put in capsules for medicinal use, as they’re believed to have a wide variety of health benefits in Chinese traditional medicine.

These black ants have been wild caught in the mountains of China. They are then washed, pressure cooked, dehydrated, and packed in Thailand. The processing and packaging takes place in a modern, FDA registered facility that is certified by the Thailand Food & Drug Administration.

As each ant weighs approximately 0.04 grams after being dehydrated, one 5g pack can contain as many as 125 ants!

Insects may be the food of the future. They’re nutritious, easy to farm, and use much fewer resources than conventional sources of protein like beef or soy.

Note: If you are allergic to shellfish, you might also be allergic to these close cousins.


Store black ants in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.


Black ants can be consumed right out of the pack – try sprinkling them on salads. In China they are also sometimes steeped in hot water (with tea leaves) to make tea, infused into alcohol, or ground & put in capsules for medicinal use.

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