BUSH TUCKER

In this section , we feature some of the Australian native plants that can be used as food. There are a great many plants that fit into this category. Some are quite delicious and some may be just barely palatable. Much depends on the taste of the individual.

Many plants used for food by the Aborigines had to first undergo a considerable amount of preparation; so be very cautious when experimenting with native foods. If you are unfamiliar with a plant , try to find out some information about it before eating any of it.

The Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) has done considerable work investigating safety of bush foods. A substantial report Food Safety of Australian Plant Bushfoods by M. P. Hegarty, E.E. Hegarty, and R.B.H. Wills is available as a pdf file bush_food_safety.pdf. Relevent web references:

Bush Tucker Articles

VELVET WATTLE Acacia holosericea by Jan Sked

LEMON MYRTLE (Backhousia citriodora) by Jan Sked

SANDPAPER FIG (Ficus opposita) by Greg Calvert

COCKY APPLE (Planchonia careya) by Russell Cumming

LADY APPLE (Syzygium suborbiculare) by Greg Calvert

KAPOK TREE (Cochlospermum gillivraei) by Greg Calvert

BURDEKIN PLUM (Pleiogynium timorense) by Greg Calvert

BUNYA NUTS (Araucaria bidwillii) by Jan Sked

CEDAR BAY CHERRY (Eugenia reinwardtiana) by Greg Calvert

LIVING OFF THE LAND by Glenn Leiper

CANDLE NUT (Aleurites moluccana)

CHEESE FRUIT (Morinda citrifolia) by Greg Calvert

MORE ABOUT CHEESE FRUIT (Morinda citrifolia) by Greg Calvert

EVEN MORE ABOUT Morinda citrifolia (cheese fruit, noni, morinda) by Elwyn Hegarty

KAKADU PLUM Terminalia ferdinandiana byJan Sked

NATIVE GUAVA -Copper Laurel - Bolwarra (Eupomatia laurina) byJan Sked

WHITE PAPERBARK - Melaleuca leucadendra by Greg Calvert

EDIBLE ACACIAS by Elwyn Hegarty

APPLE BERRIES (Billardiera species)

SOME DANGEROUS BUSH TUCKER IN NORTH QUEENSLAND by Greg Calvert

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MILLAA-MILLAA VINE (Elaeagnus triflora) by Greg Calvert

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