Category Archives: Australian Native Food

Something to bug you

100% Aussie farmed Crickets from the Circle Harvest farm in Western Sydney, Australia’s first edible insect farm. They developed special techniques to make sure that all of the insects supplied comply with the same standards as anything else you would purchase in the supermarket

The crickets are fed on a diet of fruit and vegetable waste that is saved from farm and food production processing facilities. The fruit & vegetables were destined for landfill and was circled back by feeding it to the mini livestock.

Chilli & Fingerlime Snack Crickets are available now HERE

These crunchy roasted crickets have the right amount of spice with chilli and Australian finger lime. Not too spicy but ohh so yummy!

A Taste of the Top End

Kakadu Plum is renowned for its high Vitamin C content and has become extremely popular in the past couple of years.

Kakadu Plum Jam

The Australian Aboriginal people pound the fruit and use it as an antiseptic and a soothing balm for aching limbs. Freeze dried Kakadu Plum Powder can be utilised in all sorts of ways including consumption.

Kakadu Plum powder

Both available for purchase at Taste Australia Bush Food Shop

Versatile Rosella

Iced Rosella Drink with Blueberry Kakadu Plum Cookies

It’s summertime and the rosellas are ready to pick. You can use the fresh flowers to make rosella concentrate or rosella vinaigrette. Dry them for use in tea or preserve for year round use.

Gluten Free Bush Biscuits

Lemon Myrtle and Wattleseed Biscuits

GLUTEN & DAIRY FREE COOKIE MIXES by Just Bake Cairns

Strawberry Gum and Cacao

Lemon Myrtle and Wattleseed

Aniseed Myrtle and Orange

You will need 1 pack of cookie mix, 1 egg, 1 tspn vanilla essence and half cup of oil (coconut, olive or macadamia).

Combine egg, vanilla and oil in a large mixing bowl, mixing until creamy.  Add cookie mix and combine well. Roll into balls and place onto a lined baking tray.  Gentle press down with fork.

Bake at 160C (fan forced) or 180C for approx 20 – 25 minutes.  Cool. Enjoy!

Available now at Taste Australia Bush Food Shop

Aussie Fruit Holds the World Record

Kakadu plum (Terminalia ferdinandiana) is a small deciduous tree found growing wild extensively through out the subtropical woodlands of the Northern Territory and Western Australia.  It bears abundant crop of small plum-like fruits.

The fruit has a very high content of vitamin C, in fact holds the World Record. It’s full of antioxidants, folic acid and iron.

The greatest use of kakadu plum fruits is for gourmet jams, sauces, juices, ice-cream, cosmetics, flavours and pharmaceuticals.

Order this season’s 100% Kakadu Plum (including seed) dried and milled into powder. >>>> HERE>>>

Sunrise Lime

The Australian Sunrise Lime is a hybrid of the finger lime and a calamondin (cross between a mandarin and cumquat) created by the CSIRO.

They can be eaten whole like a cumquat or turned into jam, marmalade or preserved in alcohol.  Absolutely delicious.

Like many native fruits, the Sunrise Lime is being freeze dried which enables it to be available year round.

Taste Australia Bush Food Shop Sunrise Lime Seasoning

Taste Australia Bush Food Shop have created Sunrise Seasoning which combines Sunrise Lime powder with Cumin, Coriander, Fennel, Southern Ocean Sea Salt, Mountain Pepper, Onion, Ginger, Mint and Ajwain. The result is salty with a hint of sweetness perfect when sprinkled to enhance the taste and flavour.

Hint: it goes particularly well with avocado or fresh vine ripened tomato.

BUY SUNRISE SEASONING HERE

A Taste of Tropical Australia

Australia’s vastness, food habits and diets varied from region to region. 

A Taste of the Tropics contains 6 ingredients from our rainforest  tropical zones

  1. 10gm Davidsons Plum – freeze dried powder
  2. 10gm Lemon Aspen – air dried powder
  3. 10gm Lemon Scented Gum – whole leaf
  4. 10gm Lemon Myrtle – powder
  5. 10gm Boab nut powder – Ground boab nuts
  6. 10gm Kakadu Plum Powder – freeze dried whole fruit ground

IN STOCK FROM TASTE AUSTRALIA BUSH FOOD SHOP

The iconic super charged Australian Boab

Adansonia gregorii – the Australian Boab

One of 3000 Boab trees in the Kimberley

A stark leafless tree during the dry season, brilliant green during the wet season, it is held in high regard by the Aborigines of the Kimberley Region who call it Larrkardiy.

There are 3000-odd boab trees that are dotted around the Kimberley region with one at Derby listed as 1500 years old. The trees have been providing shelter, food and medicine for our First Nations people for thousands of years.

Boab nut season runs from March to October and is a valuable source of medicinal ingredients. The high vitamin C and calcium content of young leaves and especially the seed-pod pith, makes it a valued commodity. The bark is also used to treat fever, as it contains properties similar to quinine.

Inside the hard case of a boab nut, there is a creamy-white fruit in which the seeds are nestled. This dry powdery fruit pulp, with its tangy citrus flavour, has six times more vitamin C than oranges, and twice as much calcium as milk. It is also rich in other vitamins (A, B1, B2, B6, and PP), minerals (phosphorus, iron, sodium, zinc, magnesium and potassium), dietary fibre (soluble and insoluble) and amino acids*.

Boab Powder, high in vitamins, iron, zinc, protein, potassium, calcium and dietary fibre, is 100% Western Australian boab.

Take two teaspoons of Boab Powder:

  • SPRINKLE… onto fruit, cereal, yoghurt & pancakes
  • BAKE… into bread, brownies, cakes & cookies
  • STIR… into porridge, desserts, soups, hot water & lemon
  • SHAKE… into water, fruit juice, coconut water & salad dressings
  • BLEND… into sauces, milkshakes, smoothies & ice creams

Available for purchase HERE

My Bush Food Kitchen

I first started experimenting with ingredients native to Australia in 1997 but it wasn’t until around 10 years later after a chance meeting with Mike and Gayle Quarmby , creators of Outback Pride, at the Adelaide Showgrounds that I recognised an opportunity to promote and market our unique foods.
“All we need to do now is to get people to eat this stuff” Gayle told me. It was a lightbulb moment.

MY BUSH FOOD KITCHEN


Taste Australia Bush Food Shop started by stocking the products that Outback Pride had developed thus far.
They included jams, sauces, cordials and seasoning mixes. It evolved into the largest range of dried ingredients I could source and with it came much experimentation in the kitchen. Today we have over 40 different ingredients plus a wide range of value added products.


As Co-Vid19 altered our lifestyles I decided to take advantage and document my culinary creations. It was tricky to remember to write them down because I incorporate native ingredients without thinking about it.

CLICK HERE FOR the first edition of MY Bush Food Kitchen- a free downloadable PDF

Dog’s Balls

 A low-lying shrub with broad, velvety leaves, now known as the Grewia savannicola is about to find its way to the Aussie table. The fruit generally has two seeds that are fused together side by side, covered in soft hairs, that hang down on a short stalk.

The bush, found across northern Australia and first discovered by Europeans near the Endeavour River in far north Queensland, has long been used by Indigenous people to treat dysentery and diarrhoea.

Drop a handful of fruit in 500ml water, boil for 10 minutes, strain and drink. A delicious brew.