Australia Enjoys Eating Large Larvae of Moths
The Witchetty grub is the edible larvae of several species of cossid moths that are found in Australia. Moth larvae are a good source of protein, healthy fats, and various micronutrients such as calcium and magnesium. They contain high levels of chitin, a fiber-like substance that may have prebiotic effects on gut health. The most commonly consumed species are the larvae of the Endoxyla leucomochla moth. Witchetty grubs are a traditional food source for Aboriginal Australians, who have been eating them for thousands of years. They are typically eaten raw or lightly cooked and have a nutty, buttery flavor. The texture is often described as creamy, with a slightly crunchy exterior. To prepare Witchetty grubs, they are typically harvested from the roots of various native trees, such as the witchetty bush, and then lightly roasted over an open fire or coals. The outer skin is then peeled away to reveal the soft, creamy interior. They can also be eaten raw, although this is less common.