Antypasto

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.

_dsc3939

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.

Advertisements

Author: Uisce úr

Though I am old with wandering Through hollow lands and hilly lands, I will find out where she has gone, And kiss her lips and take her hands; And walk among long dappled grass, And pluck till time and times are done, The silver apples of the moon, The golden apples of the sun.

Please leave a Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s