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

There's a chubby, nutritious Australian moth larvae that looks like a long, segmented marshmallow.

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Australia is known for its fair share of terrifying animals and insects, but some are actually 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 in 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. 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 gummy 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 a knowledgeable Aboriginal Australian who can expertly locate, dig, carve, and fish out the treat for your immediate enjoyment.

How to eat witchetty grub

Grab the insect by the head and chomp. Simple.

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