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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.

Grub hunting

In the past, the wichetty grubs formed an important insect food in the diet of Aboriginal Australians living in the desert.

Grub hunting

Shovel in hands, ready for grub hunting.

the roots of the witchetty bush

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.

Cooking Grub

Edible either raw or lightly cooked in hot ashes, they are sought out as a high-protein food by indigenous Australians.

witchetty grub

The grub looks like a white large worm.

witchetty grub

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.

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