5 bush specialties to amaze your friends with

Isabelle Curet

Published: 20/08/2015 12:00

Chenille Witchetty
Chenille Witchetty ©Daryl Fritz/creative commons

The Aborigines have been taming a hostile environment and finding balanced sustenance in the bush for 50,000 years. A "bush tucker" diet, while certainly a bit startling for our globalised palates, contains all the vitamins and minerals which help make up a balanced diet. Is that enough to convince you to try some crocodile, ants, snake or grubs?

  1. Witchetty grub La chenille Witchetty
    ©Daryl Fritz/creative commons

    This legendary bush tucker is a sought-after delicacy for Aborigines and represents an important source of protein. The grub is eaten alive by more daring types, or cooked in the embers of a wood-based fire. Is its slight almondy taste enough to tempt you?  

  2. Crocodile Ferme de crocodiles
    Innisfail Crocodile Farm (©Philip Morton/creative commons)

    Let's be frank about it - the most difficult part is catching the croc. After skinning, the meat on the plate looks much less scary. Visually, it resembles chicken, and the taste and texture are a mixture of white fish and chicken. Delicious marinated or accompanied by a spicy sauce. 


  3. Kangaroo
    ©Kojach/creative commons

    Unlike other bush animals and insects, kangaroo is gradually becoming an accepted part of the Australian diet. This low-fat red meat can be obtained in any supermarket. Good marketing has convinced the more conscientious Australians of the environmental and health benefits of this animal. 


  4. Python The scrub python can grow to a length of up to 8 m
    The scrub python can grow to a length of up to 8 m (©robertpaulyoung/creative commons)

    The Aboriginal diet varies according to the region and adapts to the local species. The scrub python is hunted at the northern tip of Queensland, while the 2 meter long water python provides sustenance for tribes located in the Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australia. Like most white meats, snake tastes quite like chicken.

  5. Honeypot ants

    Before enjoying them, they must be hunted out of their hole 2 meters below the ground in the semi-desert regions of Australia. These guys don't come out of their underground caverns (they are in fact too fat to move). Worker ants use the abdomen of the honeypot ant as a larder, which they fill with a mix of flower nectar and honeydew (a liquid excreted by aphids). They can retrieve the liquid when required by stroking the antenna of the honeypot ant.