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Score!  Found one Eucalyptus tree LOADED with lerps sugar (insect honeydew), I think I can get a few jars of yummy goodies. This was aborigines food (Australia) and invasive in California - came with the Eucalyptus trees. Usually 50% sugar 50% starch. I use the sugar for brewing, sprinkle on dessert. So many uses. #wildsugar #entomophagy #insectsugar #wildfood

Score! Found one Eucalyptus tree LOADED with lerps sugar (insect honeydew), I think I can get a few jars of yummy goodies. This was aborigines food (Australia) and invasive in California - came with the Eucalyptus trees. Usually 50% sugar 50% starch. I use the sugar for brewing, sprinkle on dessert. So many uses. #wildsugar  #entomophagy  #insectsugar  #wildfood 

17 Comments:

  1. jacobean___

    Nice tip Pascal. I'm surrounded by this delicious infection.

  2. jamiemimz

    @valerianhall craaaaaazycrazycrazycrazycrazy

  3. oaknivy

    How do you harvest it?? Do you pluck the leaves?

  4. pascalbaudar

    Rub the leaves between ur fingers and let sugar fall into plastic bag. Lots of work but worth it @oaknivy

  5. pascalbaudar

    Dehydrate sugar afterwards

  6. t_s_s

    I've got like a lifetime supply of lerps. I think the parasitic wasps have gotten to them as some of them are now kinda the color of charcoal.

  7. pascalbaudar

    Yeah, charcoal is no good. I suspect mold @t_s_s

  8. pascalbaudar

    Happens when season is ovet

  9. t_s_s

    That makes sense too. I know these guys were around earlier. Sounded like a giant white noise machine from all of them buzzing around. http://ipm.ucanr.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7460.html

  10. sister_spinster

    @twigandumbel lerping

  11. llanjessica

    So THAT is how it occurs? We have a sugary exudation on tree leaves but a gloss, not so easy to collect. (Not that your's is a walk in the park)

  12. t.ian.bens

    Just curious, I have tried making a syrup, which is turning out great, but most of the lerp carbohydrate ends up sitting in the bottom and gets strained out. Do you just leave it in when brewing? Purée it?

  13. jhgpollo

    Have you heard about black soldier fly larvae? you should definitely check what @liveheilu is doing.

  14. lodilala

    There is so much of this where I live.... Awesome!! Thanks for sharing!

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