• Why escamoles, sometimes called ant egg caviar, can cost $50 per pound

    8 days ago - By Business Insider

    Escamoles, sometimes called ant egg caviar, are a delicacy in Mexico.
    These ant larvae can cost over $50 per pound
    To find escamoles, harvesters, called escamoleros, have to reach into nests with thousands of ants.
    Escamoles, sometimes called ant egg caviar, are a delicacy in Mexico. These ant larvae can cost over $50 per pound. And when they're exported prices can double. But finding escamoles isn't easy. Harvesters have to reach into nests with thousands of ants. Escamoles have been eaten for centuries but poaching and the climate crisis are threatening the supply. So what do these ant...
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  • French leavers lace can cost over a hundred dollars per square meter. Here's why it's so expensive

    8 days ago - By Business Insider

    Leavers lace can cost hundreds of dollars per square meter.
    The designs are beautifully intricate but it's made on looms that are over 100 years old.
    From loading the bobbins to mending the lace, an expert is required at every step.
    Leavers lace made in France is one of the most intricate and expensive types of lace you can buy. Thousands of individual threads are woven together on a loom that's over 100 years old. But leavers looms aren't made today. Companies have to maintain the looms that they have. This specialized process requires an expert at every step, but that makes finding new...
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