Salma Hayek: I Love Eating Bugs!

06/22/2010 at 01:35 PM EDT

Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek

What's the secret to Salma Hayek's curves? One hint: they crawl on six legs.

"Look, I'm salivating," Hayek, 43, told David Letterman Monday night about her taste for grasshoppers. "They're delicious."

The Mexican-born actress even has her favorite recipes from her native land for creepy-crawlies.

"These little ants fried are amazing – with a little guacamole," she explains on The Late Show. "And the worms … there are many different recipes for those. The little grasshoppers have a smoky flavor to them. It's the way they cook them, and it's really good."

But cooking up these savory treats can be a struggle, according to Hayek. "They're not that easy to find," she tells Letterman. "They're delicatessen."

Quickly correcting herself, Hayek, who married French businessman Francois-Henri Pinault in 2009, says, "Yeah, sorry. My French is getting a little better – [but] my English is getting a lot worse."

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