In part one we learned the phrase “bush tucker” (bush food), refers to any food native to Australia. When it comes to fruits and vegetables our bush tucker has a rich history. Let’s take a look at some of the standouts that made our list…
Red fruits like quandong, which can be eaten raw or dried, and are often made into jams. Green fruits such as Kakadu plums boast the stat of containing 100 times more Vitamin C than oranges do. Other fruits and berries often eaten include kutjera, Davidson’s plum, boab, native gooseberry, lady apple, wild orange, wild passionfruit, desert lime, snow berry, and white elderberry. Of course we simply cannot forget the finger limes, a fruit known as being one of the most expensive per pound in the world.
Similarly to fruits, vegetables are no exception to a storied history. They also act as a source of vitamin C, however, are usually richer in other vitamins. Common vegetables include yams, warrigal greens, water lilies, bush potatoes, and sea celery. The kumara, for example, are a staple crop of sweet potatoes that are rich in protein, Vitamins A and C, calcium, dietary fibre, and iron.
With an abundance of native Australian ingredients on our doorsteps, which bush tucker dish will you be including in your next meal?
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