The Kakadu Plum grows across the wilds of the Top End of Northern Australia. The fruit has been a traditional source of bush tucker, antiseptic and a healing remedy for its Indigenous inhabitants for thousands of years. The fruit usually ripen at the start of the dry season in May each year, has been identified world wide as the single natural food source with the highest vitamin C content on the planet. It contains 3000mg of vitamin C per 100g of fruit – over 50 times the concentration found in oranges.
The demand for Kakadu plum is strong, with the industry constantly receiving enquiries and orders from overseas companies. However, the inconsistency of supply from remote areas has long been the industry’s biggest challenge to meeting that demand.
Unsurprisingly the ingredient has found its way into Skin & Hair Care Products, Vitamin Supplements, beverages, capsules and powders. It’s used in Pharmacological products, Bio Chemical products and naturally in juice, icecream, chutney, jam and pickles. Kakadu plum extract is also added to pre-prepared meals, to improve their shelf-life and nutritional value.
Regular users say kakadu plum powder tightens their skin (they stir it through face cream) and improves their memory (added to juice). The Australian aboriginal people pound the fruit and use it as an antiseptic and a soothing balm for aching limbs.
Unless you are in the Top End during the three month harvest you will not come across fresh fruit. It deteriorates quickly in the tropics so therefore is either frozen or dried and ground before making the 4000km journey out of the region (some 8 hours driving non stop through harsh desert conditions).