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Eating Australia - Australian Native Foods


Eating Australia - Australian Native Foods

A group for discussing all types of Australian native foods.

Members: 25
Latest Activity: Jun 7

Native food plants & trees for the gardens.

Gardens can quite rapidly run out of room for enthusiastic growers of food. When some room in the veggie garden becomes available, it might be novel to give a small native equivalent a go.

You might already have some bush tucker growing, be unaware or curious about what to do next.

There may be a spot coming up for a new or replacement tree, and others' experiences could assist in making a choice to have a beautiful native food producing tree growing in the yard.

We won't forget about our coat of arms, crock and fish too ... they're all farmed. It's all points of interest about our big back yard's original market.

Firstly however, a focus on the plants. There's a bit of chatter about natives which have (and are) making it into our gardens. To give a little direction, I've listed some wider subjects that many of you may wish to chat about.

  • Edible native plants suitable for small and large gardens, pots & troughs. 
  • Safety with Bush-foods.
  • Edible native plants we may already have, wittingly or unwittingly.
  • Request for first hand experiences about particular native food plants.
  • Want to try some native food, but unsure how to get it? (not necessarily the plant) ... where do we go?, who do we ask?
  • Native garden buddies, practical & companion native plants.
  • Good trivia about other edible natives that are maybe less suited to the garden.

Discussion Forum

Missed out on all that Anthocyanin in the Queen Garnet Plums?, then try some Australian natives

Started by Rob Collings. Last reply by Christa Sep 8, 2017. 13 Replies

I was asked the other day if I thought that the Queen Garnet Plum was the result of cross breeding the european plum with a Davidson's Plum. I answered, I…Continue

Tags: antioxidants

Three Sarsaparillas and a Wombat Berry

Started by Rob Collings. Last reply by Susan May 4, 2017. 2 Replies

Today I pledged two plants which grow wildly on the block to Dianne's Bush Tucker request posting.One was…Continue

Bush Tucker Plants Search Option Tool

Started by Rob Collings. Last reply by Christa Apr 6, 2016. 23 Replies

The Paten Park Native Nursery has a handy search tool if you're looking for …Continue

Tags: Plants, Foods, Food, Native, Tucker

Found a book at the library - Wild Foods

Started by Florence. Last reply by Rob Collings Jan 6, 2016. 5 Replies

Saw this book at the Sunnybank Hills Library today.  Published in 2015, It's the biggest book on native food I've seen yet, not that I've seen many....Thought somebody might be interested.  Sorry if you want to borrow it from the same library, you…Continue

Tags: Vic Cherikoff, book, Native, Wild Foods

Australian Native Long Yam - Dioscorea transversa

Started by Rob Collings. Last reply by CHERYL SLAPP Nov 27, 2015. 2 Replies

Other common names are native yam (1 of 2 types named native…Continue

Kumbartcho Native Plant Nursery

Started by Rob Collings. Last reply by CHERYL SLAPP Nov 23, 2015. 2 Replies

I have recently visited Kumbartcho Nursery located at 15 Bunya Pine court, Eatons Hill. This native nursery has plenty of bush food seedlings distributed throughout a large range of local native plants.WebLink Here - …Continue

Tags: tucker, edible, natives, bush, Nursery

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Comment by Lissa on December 6, 2016 at 17:25
Comment by Lissa on February 18, 2016 at 5:29

Susanne is coming with me - room for one more if anyone fancies the outing.

Comment by Susanne on February 17, 2016 at 20:22
Lisa, I'd love to go with you.
Comment by Lissa on February 17, 2016 at 19:20

Roger isn't going Cheryl I am.

It's a preliminary visit to check out the interest, terrain and facilities.

Comment by CHERYL SLAPP on February 17, 2016 at 8:27

I would have loved to go with you Roger but am booked on a course on 12 March but sure would be interested in taking a trip at another time.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on February 17, 2016 at 8:01

I would love to go for a visit there if one is organised.

Comment by Lissa on February 17, 2016 at 4:53

Roger has recommended a visit to Witjuti Grub Bushfood Nursery at Obi Obi on the Sunshine Coast.

I always try to check venues out before taking a group so will be visiting at the invitation of Veronica, the owner, on Saturday 12th March. Leaving my place at Strathpine no later than 8.30am.

I have room for two others in my car. Anyone interested in coming?

Comment by Rob Collings on February 16, 2016 at 22:14

I forgot to thank you Andy ... Thanks Mate! ... another nice drop.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on February 16, 2016 at 21:47

It takes 3 or 4 weeks to make, but is very easy.  I'm still learning a lot as I go.  

Comment by Rob Collings on February 16, 2016 at 20:38

This one has a gentle sparkle, Andy's batch from last year had a lot of fizz, especially upon opening, both results are great :)

Here is a link to Andy's discussion when he made a batch last year.

Sparkling Red

I'm unsure of the timing involved, I'll check with Andy.

I'll give some seedlings another go soon using Karey's jar sprouting method. 

In the meantime Paten Park Native Nursery - The Gap have the Qld Davidson's Plum seedlings.


Kumbartcho Nursery have the NSW Davidson's Plum seedlings.


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