Peanuts and Cracker Jacks are a thing of the past.
That’s the case at Safeco Field anyway, home of the Seattle Mariners, where they served up toasted grasshoppers for fans to enjoy on Opening Night.
The new snack of choice, Chapulines, were available for the first time at the MLB ballpark – and they quickly sold out. They came in both a small, snack-sized cup for crunching and munching on, or as a taco filling.
It was a hit with the adventurous Seattle fans, who took to social media to share their experience: “The verdict is in: The grasshoppers at Safeco are crunchy, limey, and definitely spicy,” wrote @astrosfansinseattle on Instagram.
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Related: Why You Should Eat Bugs
The reaction of the masses isn’t all that surprising to be fair; no longer a strange and exotic dish, bugs have been gaining more popularity as a healthy and sustainable way to add protein to your diet.
Science backs a pro-bug diet, too. Research published last year in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found insects can rival steak in terms of iron, magnesium, and other nutrients. Grasshoppers, crickets, and mealworms actually have more readily available amounts of zinc, magnesium, copper, and calcium than sirloin.
If you’re convinced to give crunch a try over chew at ballparks, you may want to get in line now.