We would like to thank Matt Clark, an exploratory chef from Down Under who wrote to us and offered the following on the Witchetty Grub, a rather interestingly plump and nutritional insect! Matt's website is: http://www.culinarymadness.webs.com
"The witchetty grub has always been a testing meal choice for most of us. A lot of us have contemplated indulging in one of these little creatures but the thought of a grub rolling across our palate tends to quickly turn us off. The grubs live about 60cm below the ground and feed on the roots of trees, in particular the red river gum and the black wattle tree.
They can usually be spotted by a small ring of sawdust and dirt at the base of the tree and can be caught by pushing a long piece of wire with a backward facing hook down the hole and just pulling them back out. The grubs grow to about 7cm in length and are known to be high in protein. It is said that 10 witchetty grubs are sufficient to provide the daily needs of an adult.
The grub can be eaten raw, but if you wish to cook them the best way is to sear them all over in a hot pan until brown, the bbq is perfect for this. You could try cooking them with some butter and even some garlic but I suggest that you keep it quite simple. The best way to eat them is to grab the head and just bite off the rest. You will find that the taste is quite pleasant having a fried egg flavour with a hint of nuts and the skin resembles that of fried chicken skin.
The indigenous folk have been eating these for years and regard them as a delicacy being good tasting and a great source of nutrition. So now is the time to go and get those hands dirty and cure the doubt that you may have about these amazing creatures."