Did you know that today is National Chocolate Covered Insect Day? It is. Eating bugs has been growing in popularity in our country, and in San Francisco one food cart vendor is helping to make the practice of bug eating acceptable (and her bugs aren't even chocolate covered).

Monica Martinez runs the Don Bugito cart, and she thinks Americans are ready for tasty, buggy cuisine.

Don Bugito offers tasty edible insect foods and treats which are super healthy for both people and the planet. Inspired by pre-hispanic and contemporary Mexican cuisine Don Bugito features a creative use of edible insects, a food that is grown organically and naturally right here in California.

I must say that the moth larvae tacos (pictured above) and mealworm ice cream food cart would not be the first one I’d run for at a street cart food festival. After watching Martinez fry up the larvae in the video, I lost my appetite. I’d like to think that if I were presented with the opportunity to try something like this I could muster the courage to take a bite, but I have a feeling I’d chicken out. I wish I felt differently because I understand that insects are an earth-friendly, sustainable source of protein and could be one of the answers to the scarcity of food in some areas.

You can read more about Monica Martinez and her Don Bugito cart on Fair Companies.

If you came across the Don Bugito cart on the street and people were munching down on moth larvae tacos, would you join in?

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Street cart food: Edible bug larvae tacos
At the San Francisco Street Cart Food Festival, customers eat wax moth larvae tacos and mealworm ice cream, and they pay to do so.