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6 natural Aussie superfoods that could help fight your cold

Thanks To Rebecca Sullivan from sbs.com.au

Winter has well and truly arrived, but with lazy weekends rugged up in blankets and Uggies, that also means the dreaded colds and flus are flying around. But unfortunately, the strategic ducks and dives to avoid the coughs and sneezes of our friends, family and fellow commuters isn’t enough, and we have to take preventative and remedial action.

Australia is home to some remarkable native superfoods that can keep the flu away at bay (and taste delicious!)

Kakadu Plum

We already know this small fruit is the highest source of Vitamin C on the planet, so why aren’t we using it more?

Kakadu Plum is most accessible sold in power form, and teaspoon a day keeps the doctor away...

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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 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.
Retired M...
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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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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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