Menu Index: Edible Australian Plants

Bush Foods for Beginners

Getting started with bush foods Aborigines lived for tens of thousands of years as hunter-gatherers. Australia is the only continent where the indigenous inhabitants chose not to develop a society based on agriculture. Perhaps the primary reason for this was that the 25,000 or so species in the Australian flora provided such an abundance of […]

Austromyrtus

Austromyrtus, the midgen berry, is perhaps the sweetest of the Australian bush fruits and is well worth growing for that reason alone. For the gardener it also has a host of desirable traits. Beautiful bronze new growth, a low growing and mounding habit, the ability to be pruned into whatever shape is desired, lovely sprays […]

Tetragonia- Warrigal Greens

Tetragonia- a useful and hardy Australian native food plant Tetragonia tetragonioides has the common name of Warrigal greens or New Zealand spinach, and is one of the better known Australian native edible plants. It is common at seaside locations  as well as inland, and will thrive naturally without any care. It is the foliage that […]

Bush Tucker Plants For Small Gardens

Traditionally Australian gardens were on quarter acre blocks or larger, but with more people in cities, garden spaces are getting smaller. But this should not deter keen Aussie gardeners who are interested in growing their own native food, as there is a wealth of smaller plants which will add the taste of the bush to […]

Lemon Myrtle Shortbread

I took the shortbread recipe from 1977 edition of The Australian Women’s Weekly Cookbook, and added a generous pinch of dried and powdered lemon myrtle to the dough. I mixed it in thoroughly, and baked according to the recipe. Very nice with a good cup of tea. Shortbread with Lemon Myrtle 2 cups of plain […]

Aniseed Myrtle Chocolate Truffles

Ingredients- 225grams of good quality dark chocolate, broken into pieces 175 mls of double cream 1 teaspoon of ground aniseed myrtle Icing sugar to dust Cocoa powder or chocolate sprinkles Place chocolate pieces into a bowl. Pour the cream into a saucepan and bring to the boil, then pour over the chocolate in the bowl. […]