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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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

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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Worth a read for Bush Tucker fans

Why we all need to tuck in to bush tucker


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Aniseed Myrtle, the traditional super food.

What Is Aniseed Myrtle?

Aniseed Myrtle is a native plant to the Australian rainforest of southern Queensland and northern New South Wales.

Grown in some rainforests, it also has been grown commercially since the 1990s to meet a growing demand for its leaves.

The leaves are being used as a Bush tucker spice or bush spice.

These bush spices are made from the leafs or fruits of native plants of Australia such as Aniseed offering a rich aniseed flavour.

Outstanding offerings:

Aniseed Myrtle is one the herbs which traditionally has been used to treat anorexia, hiccuping or epigastric pain. It has anti septic feature and cancer – preventative. Scientists have found that consuming aniseed myrtle regularly may help the body fighting with radical active which is the main cause of cancer...

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Lemon Aspen

Lemon Aspen is found in tropical and tableland forests of far north Qld

A sullen lemon coloured fruit about  cm in diameter with a tough star shaped core – textured like an apple core. The core often contains very small black seeds and the thin flesh is spongy. The fruit offers an incredible tropical citrus aroma) and a very strong acid flavour of lemon and tropical spice characters.

Lemon Aspen has a tart lemon taste with a hint of grapefruit.

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Strawberry Gum

Strawberry Gum is from the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales.

Indigenous Australians would often chew on the leaves of the Strawberry Gum for their sweet berry flavour. They would also moisten the leaves and lay them over a fire to release their fragrant oils to calm stomach problems.

This bush tucker gem has a host of health benefits, which include antioxidant, anti-fungal and antibiotic properties as well as balancing the micro flora of the gut.

Taste and Smell

Sweet and slightly acidic like balsamic vinegar, with fruity undertones that have shades of cinnamon, strawberry and passionfruit.

Food Uses

A wonderful flavour enhancer for fruit salads and desserts such as crème brulée, Pavlova, macrons, panacotta, and ice cream. A match made in heaven with chocolate or vanilla...

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Lemon Myrtle

Lemon Myrtle is a fragrant Australian shrub naturally occurring in the wetter coastal areas of northern New South Wales and southern Queensland. It grows up to 3 metres high in clusters of cream feathery flowers, creating a spectacular marshmallow display.

Used fresh, the Lemon Myrtle leaf is a versatile and refreshing herb with a flavour of creamy lemon and lime. It complements so many foods from fish and chicken to ice cream or sorbet.

Lemon Myrtle and mango combined make a great marinade for seafood with fresh chilli to taste.

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