Witchetty Grub Is the High-Protein Larvae You May Actually Find Delicious

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Australia is known for its fair share of terrifying animals and insects, so it's shocking to hear that some may actually be quite delicious. Such is the case with Witchetty Grub — a fat, wood-dwelling larvae that native Aborigines can't get enough of. If you're on the market for a high-protein, nutrition-dense alternative to meat, you may be finding yourself down under for this squirming delicacy that is both easy to prepare and doesn't taste as bad as it looks.

What is Witchetty Grub?

The chubby, white, wood-eating larvae of moths that feed on Witchetty bushes (otherwise known as acacia trees). They closely resemble segmented marshmallows with orange heads or white cheddar Cheetos puffs. Dare we say they’re also kind of adorable (in an ugly way)?

How is Witchetty Grub Prepared?

Raw or lightly cooked over coals on the barbie. The latter will crisp the skin, which sounds delicious until we're reminded it's a bug and not pork belly.

What Does Witchetty Grub Taste Like?

Almonds, if eaten raw. Scrambled eggs or chicken, if cooked. This brave woman claims it resembles popcorn. We’re not so sure about her palate, but a buttery, salty flavor would certainly make us more inclined to sample the wriggly guys. Apologies to anyone who assumed Trolli gummi worms. We'll let that disappointment sink in a little.

Where to Find Witchetty Grub

The roots of Witchetty bushes in Australia. You'd fare best with an Aborogine who can expertly locate, dig, carve and fish out the treat for your immediate enjoyment. It's fast food in its truest form.

How to Eat Witchetty Grub

Grab the insect by the head and chomp. Simple.

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