Jumiles (Spanish: [xuˈmiles] (listen)); (Nahuatl languages: Xomilli), are small stink bugs native to the Taxco region of the state of Guerrero in Mexico. Their diet includes the leaves of the encina (Quercus ilex) tree.[1] Chumiles are a smaller, similar stink bug of the same region (southern Morelos and northern Guerrero). Any edible Hemiptera from the families Coreidae or Pentatomidae may be considered jumiles as well.[2]

Use as food

Jumiles are collected for their culinary value and may be roasted, fried, ground, or eaten raw. A salsa is prepared by combining fresh tomatoes, chiles and onions with jumiles that have been mashed in a molcajete. The salsa is served with corn tortillas.[1] The beginning of the jumil season on November 1 is the occasion of a large fiesta in Taxco. Fiesta-goers gather in the mountain park of Huisteco to collect jumiles and to crown a Jumil Queen. Jumiles are plentiful from November until February and become scarce after the first rains.[2]

Jumiles have a cinnamon-like odor. They are considered an acquired taste due to their high iodine content, which imparts a bitter, medicinal flavor.[3] Jumiles are also a good source of tryptophan and the vitamins riboflavin and niacin.[4][5]


  1. Hosking, Richard, ed. (2006). Wild Food: Proceedings of the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery, 2004. Totnes: Prospect Books. p. 180. ISBN 978-1-903018-43-9.
  2. De Foliart, Gene. "3. The Use of Insects as Food in Mexico". The Human Use of Insects as a Food Resource. Archived from the original on September 15, 2012.
  3. Menzel, Peter (November–December 1999). "Why I Eat Bugs". Utne Reader.
  4. DeFoliart, Gene (1992). "Insects as Human Food". Crop Protection. 11 (5): 395–399. doi:10.1016/0261-2194(92)90020-6. Archived from the original on 2015-04-23.
  5. Massieu, H. G.; Trigo, M; Cravioto, R.O.; Calvo de la T., J. (1950). "Sobre la applicación del Metodo de Thomas a la dosificación de tirosina en algunos alimentos Mexicanos". Ciencia e Investigación (in Spanish). Argentina. 6: 424–428.

Further reading

Bukkens, Sandra G.F. (1997). "The nutritional value of edible insects". Ecology of Food and Nutrition. 36 (2–4): 287–319. doi:10.1080/03670244.1997.9991521.

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