Experience the bold, unique flavours of Australia and the naturopath proven medicinal properties of Native Australian Bush Foods. Sourced naturally and sustainably, our collection of Native Bush Foods is the perfect way to experiment with Native Australian Herbs and Spices. Australian Bush Foods have been used for generations for their potent healing properties and as a source of food for Indigenous communities.
What are Native Bush Foods?
Native Australian Bush Foods are recognised worldwide for their bold, unique flavours and powerful medicinal properties. Celebrate the flavours and healing properties of bush foods with our collection of bush foods and native herbs and spices. Incorporate them into your everyday recipes to experience the natural healing powers of Australian plants and discover exciting new flavours.
What Is The Best Native Australian Herb?
Cinnamon Myrtle, Lemon Myrtle and Aniseed Myrtle are closely related Australian Herbs with multiple medicinal properties. Cinnamon Myrtle was traditionally used to naturally treat heartburn, colic and settle the digestive system. It has a subtle cinnamon flavour and is an amazing native Australian ingredient to add to curries, casseroles and slow-cooked stews. Lemon Myrtle, however, has a sweet lemon flavour due to the high citral content, making it the perfect native ingredient to add into cream-based dishes, sorbets, and grilled meats. Traditionally, the Australian plant was used for its antimicrobial and natural antibiotic properties, modernly the native herb has been found to be a great, natural vegan source of calcium. Aniseed Myrtle has a subtle liquorice flavour and scent, and was used traditionally to naturally treat acid reflux, as a natural remedy for cramping, and flatulence. It’s rich in antioxidants and has been found to protect against oxidative stress. Add it to your teas, desserts and ice creams.
Native Basil is an Australian herb with high levels of natural Vitamin A & Vitamin C. It has an intense flavour similar to oregano and dried sage. Use the native herb in place of regular basil for a delicious flavour. Native Thyme was traditionally used for its medicinal properties and has a natural flavour profile similar to Italian herbs, mint and peppery thyme.
Sea Parsley is a stunning substitute to traditional parsley, and has a flavour profile similar to traditional parsley, but with a hint of “ocean”. Native Australian River Mint is known to naturally help with digestion and provides a fresh, minty and herbaceous flavour. Lastly, native Saltbush is an australian herb that has a slightly salty, earthy flavour and can be used as a healthy and natural substitute to table salt.
What Is Australian Strawberry Gum Leaf?
Australian Strawberry Gum Leaf is a delicious, must-have native ingredient for all kitchens. Traditionally the native Australian bush food was used as a natural remedy for stomach pain and a natural relief for nausea. The native plant has been found to have naturally occurring antifungal properties, antibiotic properties, and have a high source of antioxidants. It’s been found to help to naturally balance the microflora of the gut and improve overall gut health. The Strawberry Gum Leaves of the Australian plant are a delicious native bush food to add to pavlova, cakes, muffins and frozen yogurt due to it’s strikingly similar taste to strawberries.
What Is Jilungin?
Jilungin is a native australian tree that’s been traditionally used by the Nyul Nyul community as a natural remedy for sleep and to naturally reduce stress and anxiety. You can use the leaves of the native australian plant to create a concentrated and potent herbal sleep tea by boiling the leaves or try it in our two sleep teas, Native Relaxation Tea and Native Sleep Tea. Jiliungin has an earthy flavour with subtle herbal notes.
What Is The Best Native Australian Bush Tucker?
Australia is home to some of the most nutritionally dense native plants and native fruits in the world, so it’s no wonder why many Australian bush foods are being recognised internationally for their medicinal properties and as superfoods.
Kakadu Plum (Gubinge) is a native australian bush food that has gained worldwide recognition for having the highest natural source of Vitamin C in the world, proving to be an excellent immune-boosting fruit to strengthen the immune system. Kakadu Plumhas also been found to be an antioxidant rich australian superfood, have a higher Lutein content than avocados and naturally improve eyesight and strengthen eye health. It has a tart flavour, similar to pears and apples, and can be sprinkled over cereal, smoothies or desserts.
Pepperberries are a native Australian bush food that have a strong pepper flavour with fruity notes and it builds in heat. Tasmanian Pepperberries are antioxidant rich and have been found to naturally reduce inflammation. Use the native Australian berries as an ingredient in burgers, pasta, soups and stews.
For a natural immune boosting snack, try some Quandong fruit. This bush tucker staple is rich in antioxidants, protein, complex oils, iron, and zinc. They have a flavour profile similar to peach, apricot and rhubarb, proving to be a delicious native Australian fruit to add to tea, cakes, braised meats and jams.
If you’re looking to add a flavour similar to sundried tomatoes with a sweet-salty caramel-like flavour, try Australian Bush Tomatoes. This native fruit has been a staple bush food source for Indigenous communities for generations. They’re rich in antioxidants, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, iron, copper, folate, zinc, magnesium, calcium and contain selenium, a rare mineral that naturally boosts metabolism.
Australian Wattleseed has been traditionally used as a source of food in dry and arid regions. The process of making the bush food edible requires roasted Wattleseeds to be dried and ground into Wattleseed flour. The native Australian spice is low in G.I and high in protein and has a stunning coffee-chocolate flavour, perfect in pasta, bread and desserts.