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New food trends for 2018

Amazing new foods, many you have already heard of…..

Thanks to the BBC Food team

  1. Gut-friendly food

With fermenting, pickling and preserving reaching the mainstream, our panel agree that gut health is set to be a big food trend for 2018. This includes probiotics like kimchi, miso and kefir and prebiotics such as onions, garlic and other alliums.

  1. Booze-free beverages

Non-alcoholic drinks as a growth area in the food and drink industry, and our supermarket forecasters say that health-conscious millennials are drinking booze less and less. Premium tonic waters with interesting flavours, non-alcoholic ‘spirits’ and botanical mixes are flooding in to fill a gap in the market.

You could shop for booze-free drinks or make your own mocktails and fruity cordials at home.

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10 Foods Filled With Probiotics for your gut

Thanks to Alex Sifferlin from Time Magazine

One of the most crucial parts of our body when it comes to health is our microbiome—the trillions of bacteria that live in our gut. Scientists are learning that the bacterial communities we live with are linked to everything from body weight to asthma to acne. Having the right balance of bugs may keep us well in the long term. Some bacteria in the gut are good for our health, while other strains raise our risk for disease.

Probiotics are bacteria that are very similar to or the same as good-bacteria colonies already in our gut. They’re in many foods on this list, including yogurt and sauerkraut. Prebiotics, on the other hand, are a type of plant fiber often found in vegetables that nourishes good bacteria...

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What is bush tucker?

Bushfood naturally occurs in the Australian environment composed of both flora and fauna, it offers a diverse range of flavours.

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NAIDOC in the City and Masterchef

Warrigal

A wild spinach found around mangroves and along the banks of inland rivers. Warrigal greens were used by Captain Cook and have found their way even to the back blocks of Paris, where it is known as Tetragon and is used by the Parisians in preference to English spinach.

Muntharies

Small, fragrant, apple flavoured berries from a beach creeper common in dunes in Southern Australia. It is also called muntires, emu apples or native cranberries.

Emu

Belonging to the same family as ostriches, they are the source of a range of unique quality product from exquisite red meat with a slightly gamey flavor to the very sough...

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The Bush Tucker Survival Guide

thanks to Emma White

This page is taken from a booklet written by Gemma White in 2008 on Australian bush tucker survival foods that are found in the Mitchell Park (Cattai) region of sydney.

Introduction

Aboriginal people have found ways of surviving that reveal an extensive and detailed knowledge of the environment Their understanding of native plants goes far beyond just knowing what is edible. They used plants for healing and medicine. They understood the changes of the seasons and the life cycles of animals and plants, and how these processes effected their own survival .

The Australian bush contains a bounty of wild edible plant species that runs into the thousands, ranging from starchy seeds and tangy fruits to mushrooms, tubers, leaves and seaweeds...

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Top Ten Bush Tucker for your pantry

Top Ten Bush Tucker for your pantry

Thanks to The Source Bulk Foods

From the fresh lemony zing of a finger lime to the toasted coffee and chocolate aromas of wattleseed, bush tucker ingredients can bring a whole new world of unique and delicious flavours into your kitchen. Add that to the fact that bush foods are now being recognised as the new superfoods, and you have some pretty compelling reasons to add them to your pantry.

With a fresh clean and crisp lemon flavour, lemon myrtle can be substituted in almost any recipe that calls for lemon or lemongrass. Add it to cakes, biscuits, sauces, puddings, dressings and syrups, sprinkle it into your muesli mix or use it in your savoury cooking.

A source of antioxidants, with an aromatic fruity flavour...

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The Bush Tucker Man back on the job


Soldiers and marines participating in Exercise Kowari in far north Queensland were given a culinary crash course for survival in the jungle by the man who literally wrote the Australian Army’s military survival manual (1987) – the original ‘Bush Tucker Man’, Major Les Hiddens (retd).Major Hiddens served in the Army in Vietnam and was later tasked by the ADF to catalogue all of the edible plants in far north Queensland, which he did working with Aboriginal people from the area – who gave him the nickname “The Bush Tucker Man”.

In 1988, the ABC turned Major Hiddens’ research into a television show featuring him as the host and the aptly named show The Bush Tucker Man, with three seasons beamed into Australian homes.

The Bush Tucker Man retired Major Les Hiddins with Australian, US and Chinese soldiers and Marines. Photo by Leading Seaman Jake Baidor.
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KAKADU PLUM ALSO KNOWN AS GUBINGE

Gubinge, the Kimberley super fruit finding success in the health food

ABC Rural

(Courtesy of ABC Kimberley: Emily Jane Smith)

Gubinge is steadily making its way as the next big superfood, with many Indigenous communities in Western Australia’s remote Kimberley looking to make a new market for this traditional fruit.

A pile of freshly picked gubinge waiting to be processed into a dried powder.

The native superfood, also known as Kakadu plum, is a staple bushfood for Indigenous people across northern Australia, but the health benefits from its high levels of Vitamin C are fast becoming known in the health food industry.

For the Kimberley’s only commercial producer of dried gubinge powder, this season has proved to be a gamechanger with a brand new processing facility up and running.

“Definitely it has exceeded our expectations from last season; we’ve received about ...

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Bush tucker in NSW country schools

A wonderful story from the department of education

Fancy a wattle seed yoyo biscuit with rosella jam to go with your cup of tea? That was the winning bush tucker taste sensation created by students in a project-based learning experience.

Dubbo School of Distance education teachers with students' bush tucker creations

Dreamtime Tuka CEO Herb Smith and Dubbo School of Distance Education teachers Janet Elliott and Naomi White admire the students’ bush tucker creations.

The western NSW and Riverina food technology students had the chance to devise bush tucker delicacies guided by a manufacturer who supplies food to Qantas.

The engaging and authentic project was a partnership between Dubbo School of Distance Education Technology and Applied Science teachers Janet Elliott and Naomi White and Herb Smith, CEO of Dubbo’s Dreamtime T...

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Great article on growing your own bush tucker thanks to the West Australian

How to grow your own bush tucker

It may seem far-fetched but there are hedging plants that are edible.

An increasing number of Tucker Bush plants are available in nurseries these days, thanks to the work of Domus Nursery’s Mark Tucek, who has a long-held passion for sourcing and growing our own edible plants.

The big problem for gardeners who were interested in growing native food plants was accessing them easily in our own State.

Thanks to years of research, sourcing and experimental growing, Mr Tucek has come up with a wide range of edible natives that we can grow in our gardens.

For more information on the range available visit tuckerbush.com.au.

If you are intending to plant a hedge, why not one you can eat? The following are a few to whet your appe...

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