Ngerdi Green Ants

Green Ants nest in different types of native trees all year round and have both medicinal, and nutritional properties.

When local people have a cold or flu, they soak them in water and strain the mixture to make tea, or rub the ants into a powder between leaves, and inhale this to clear the sinuses. Occasionally, they also allow the ants to bite them as a form of medicine.

A strong source of vitamins and protein, they are traditionally also picked off the tree and eaten alive, especially the rear abdomen which has a bright, lemony taste.

Green Ants are quickly becoming an exciting and highly sought after delicacy, and can be used to bring a unique fizzy and citrusy quality to your dishes.

In our culture, much of our world belongs to one of two halves or moieties: Duwa and Yirridjdja. This includes all human beings, ancestral beings, flora and fauna, natural phenomenon, sites and land – it’s all connected together.

Green Ants are classified under this system as Duwa.

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When you make them into a tea, or inhale the vapour, or even when they bite you it puts the medicine in your skin and makes you feel better; I was using that one for a long time. It’s bush food too, we used to just pick them off the tree and eat them. It can make you happy, healthy and better.

Leila Nimbadja (Traditional Owner)


All year long

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