What did our ancestors eat? How did they augment their nutrition? What were their secrets?
These are some of the questions I was thinking about during my one year long internship at a food forest in Goa. During this time, I harvested a weaver ant nest for the first time in my life and wondered where they featured in our ancestral culinary history. This story was my first step towards discovering the deep and complex history of entomophagy, or the practice of eating insects, in India.
To read this story, click here.
For a weaver ant chutney recipe, click here.
Commissioned by Goya Journal
Photograph by Tansha Vohra