Chirpy packets of protein

January 26, 2018

A closer inspection of the insects.

Noisy creatures: Paula Pawnall showing off a group of crickets.

There was Buddy Holly and the Crickets, and Australians (by and large) love the game of cricket.

But how many summer nights have you spent trying to block out the noise of a yard full of chirping crickets so you can get some sleep?

Well, here’s a chance for some very sweet revenge. Because crickets are now on the menu — and being hailed for their superfood powers and flavoursome taste.

Don’t knock it if you haven’t tried it — and you can try it at next month’s Seymour Alternative Farming Expo.

Paula Pownall, founder of Grubs Up insect farm in Perth, will be discussing the benefits of crickets for consumption and will have a variety of products available to taste and purchase. She will also be a keynote speaker at an expo workshop.

Mrs Pownall said from roast cricket spice mixes to cricket protein powder, Grubs Up had been incorporating crickets into everyday cooking ingredients in an attempt to reinvent how people reacted to, and imagined, insects.

‘‘Insects and crickets are 65 per cent protein and 100 per cent of the insect is used, so there’s no waste,’’ Mrs Pownall said.

With 80 per cent of the world’s people already incorporating insects into their diet in some manner, she said whether it was introducing the high-protein cricket powder into baked goods, smoothies or as seasoning, there were simple ways to use it that could deliver benefits.

‘‘We live in a really lucky country; we don’t need to eat insects, but our sources of protein, whether that’s pigs in piggeries or cows, all need a viable and sustainable source of protein for their production.

‘‘We just want to share some general information about the benefits of insect farming and how you can do it ... whether it be for human or animal feed.’’

Mrs Pownall’s keynote speech will be held at the Learning Hub at 10am on Friday, and 11am on both Saturday and Sunday, and Grubs Up will also have a stall at site L25.

The Seymour Alternative Farming Expo will be held from February 16 to 18 at King’s Park in Seymour.

For further information or to buy tickets online and save 17 per cent, visit

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