On my trip to Northern Territory I learned a little more about indigenous bush tucker, and in particular was introduced to the Weaver Ant, or Green Ant  (Oecophylla smaragdina).  It has an abdomen filled with a green liquid which, when squeezed out onto the tongue, has a citrus bite that reminds me of that sour confectionery that kids like.

Yes. I tried it.


The ant’s cultural use was more medicinal than nutritional. It is said to be high in vitamin C.   Whole nests of ants were boiled and strained to make a cordial.  But it gives a little zing as an hors d’oeuvre.


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Settling into my 7th decade and still determined not to grow up too soon.
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