Like to take a Bush Tucker Trial? You don’t need to be a celebrity. Just head Down Under. Here, in the outback, Witchetty Grubs can be found in plentiful supply. You just have to be brave enough to tuck in. Long a staple in traditional Aboriginal diets, Witchetty Grubs are packed with protein and make for a nourishing snack.
The flavour is a little like almonds, with a crispy skin and a soft inside. These don’t look too appetising, it’s true, but don’t be fooled by their appearance. Witchetty Grubs are, in fact, surprisingly tasty.
The grubs are the larvae of various Australian moth species — in particular the giant Cossid Moth, that feeds on Witchetty Bushes (hence the name). Long, plump and white, they’re none too attractive, but don’t let this put you off. Eat them raw, or lightly cooked in hot ashes for a snack that, whilst flavoursome, could not be more weird.