- Researchers from the University of Western Australia have found a species of native grass that tastes like salt and vinegar chips!
- Scientistr Dr MatthewBarrett says he and his team were conducting experiments on specimens of spinifex (Triodia species) when someone licked their hand and noticed the distinct flavour.
- According to Dr Barrett, the salt and vinegar taste comes from tiny droplets of liquid found on younger grass stems.
- Spinifex is a tough, spikey grass that covers nearly 30% of Australia’s outback.
- It is prominent in desert and rocky areas, and known for its ability to withstand droughts.
- The grass contains resin that can be used to make glue, and is also farmed for the production of condoms!
- The study was published in Australian Systematic Botany.
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