In­sect snacks idea re­ally flies

Countryman - - NEWS - Rueben Hale

WA’s first ed­i­ble in­sect farm has part­nered with a lo­cal gourmet foods whole­saler to mar­ket a range of culi­nary crick­ets.

Last year the WA Health Depart­ment gave Grub­sUp founder Paula Pownell the go-ahead to sell her prod­uct for hu­man con­sump­tion.

The busi­ness has de­vel­oped a line of prod­ucts us­ing a com­mer­cial kitchen at Coolup, where crick­ets are roasted af­ter first be­ing freeze-killed.

Ms Pownell said the busi­ness in­ten­sively farmed high-pro­tein crick­ets to pro­duce cricket dukkha, roasted cricket spice grinders con­tain­ing whole crick­ets and or­ganic cricket pow­der (at this stage im­ported from Canada), and will now work with a com­pany to dis­trib­ute the prod­ucts around Perth.

Ms Pownell, who started her busi­ness from her home in Coolup two years ago, has also been nom­i­nated as one of four Ru­ral Women’s Award fi­nal­ists in the run­ning for a $10,000 prize that will go to­wards job-cre­at­ing busi­ness ideas in agri­cul­ture and tourism.

The de­vel­op­ment award cel­e­brates fe­male lead­ers across ru­ral and re­gional WA and pro­vides a plat­form to sup­port women to cre­ate an im­pact.

Pic­ture: Michael Wil­son

Paula Pow­nall from Grubs Up with a dried cricket and other prod­ucts.

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