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This year’s Christmas is the holiday pick-me-up we all need after living with uncertainty for so long. It’s also a great opportunity to support Aussie farmers and businesses by shopping local and using Native Australian Ingredients in our Christmas goodies!

Today we’re covering a list of bush ingredients for the foodies that love to experiment in the kitchen and give their dishes an Australian twist. Here are the best native bush foods from the Australian outback, for a very Bush Tucker Christmas!

Lemon Myrtle

Ok, we have to admit: we’re OBSESSED with lemon myrtle. In fact, you’ll find it in our honey and most of our delicious teas, thanks to its refreshing citrusy flavour and traditional medicinal uses spanning thousands of years. It is said to have antiseptic, calmative, sedative, antifungal, and antimicrobial properties thanks to its main component, citral.

For the gourmet cook, this Native Australian Ingredient is a pantry must-have. The creamy lemony flavour compliments a wide variety of dishes and drinks, from roasted vegetables, salads and salad dressings to cheesecake and cocktails. It’s hard to find a more versatile ingredient to give your cooking an Australian twist.

Does that sound like the perfect ingredient to add to your Christmas recipes? You can buy pouches of Lemon Myrtle (milled) online!

Bush Foods - Roogenic Lemon Myrtle (Milled) - Pouch

PS: Once your Lemon Myrtle arrives, don’t forget to try our Roast Christmas Chicken With Australian Spices, it’s a crowd pleaser like no other.


Move aside, pepper, make room for Pepperberry! This is our very own Native pepper, with a sweet fiery aroma you quickly fall in love with. The intense heat is balanced by bold berry flavours that linger on the palate.

Pepperberry is a wonderful seasoning that can also be used as a spice rub for meat or added to sauces to infuse them with a playful, delicious spiciness. It’s a subtle addition that will bring your holiday recipes to a new level!

Order our Pepperberry pouch online and try it out this Christmas! If you need a bit of cooking inspo, here’s our recipe for Pepperberry and Native Thyme Sausage Rolls.

Bush Foods - Roogenic Pepperberry - Pouch


Those of you who grew up with the delicious Quandong in their backyard know that it’s a godsend for anyone who loves cooking. It’s commonly used in jams, preserves, pies, cakes and tarts - the possibilities are endless!

It’s one of Australia’s most popular and potent superfoods, packed with antioxidants, essential minerals like zinc, calcium, magnesium, iron, vitamin E and folate. Due to its high nutritional value, it has been a staple food for Indigenous Australians for thousands of years.

Here’s the best thing about this Native Australian Ingredient: if you air dry it, it retains its flavour and properties for 8 years!

So how about it? Wouldn’t it be amazing to make a Quandong pie for Christmas this year? You can buy dried Quandongs (pouches and jars) online from our website!

Bush Foods - Roogenic Quandong - Pouch

Kakadu Plum

What do 100 oranges and 1 Kakadu Plum have in common? The amount of vitamin C they contain!

That’s right, Gubinge (Kakadu Plum) has the highest natural vitamin C content of any plant in the world, while also being exceptionally high in antioxidants. It’s a wonderful addition to smoothies, cereal, juices, jams and desserts.

Our Gubinge (Kakadu Plum) is wildly harvested from an Indigenous community in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Order a pouch on our website and surprise your family with a unique Christmas dessert that’s also very healthy!

Bush Foods - Roogenic Gubinge (Kakadu Plum) - Pouch

Australian Culinary Experience Gift Box

Since we all agree that it’s a great idea to use more local ingredients, we thought we’d also show you our Australian Culinary Experience Gift Box - it’s packed with delicious Native Plants from the Australian Outback:

  • Roogenic Lemon Myrtle Pouch
  • Roogenic Aniseed Myrtle Pouch
  • Roogenic Pepperberries Pouch
  • Roogenic Wattleseeds Pouch
  • Roogenic Salt Bush Pouch

We’ve also included 5 Recipes that are bound to impress family and friends.

Gifts - Roogenic Australian Culinary Experience -

This is the ideal Christmas gift for a foodie friend, partner, mum or for yourself!

It’s beginning to look a lot like… a Bush Tucker Christmas! This year, let’s all commit to supporting local businesses and using more amazing plants, spices and ingredients the Australian Outback has gifted us with.

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