Grub hunting with Cassie Byard
Aboriginal Australians, who live in remote areas inland, eat food that is easily available in the bush. They do not raise cattle and do not cultivate the land, but they have a strong knowledge of the environment and how to benefit from it.
In the past, the wichetty grubs formed an important insect food in the diet of Aboriginal Australians living in the desert.
Shovel in hands, ready for grub hunting.
The witchetty grub is a term used in Australia for the large, white, wood-eating larvae of the cossid moth, which feeds on the roots of the witchetty bush (named after the grubs) that is found in central Australia.
Edible either raw or lightly cooked in hot ashes, they are sought out as a high-protein food by indigenous Australians.
The grub looks like a white large worm.
The raw witchetty grub tastes like almonds and when cooked, the skin becomes crisp like roasted chicken, while the inside becomes light yellow, like a fried egg.