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Bushfood Science

Melbourne Bushfood Scientific Research Library Finding scientific literature on native foods and their nutritional benefits is hard to find. We've done that hard work for you so you have real, scientifically proven data and evidence to support you. We have a goal to bring native ingredients into every Australian home, and the science supporting our claims is vital.  We will continue to add to this library, building a deep and large collection of scientific articles in order to promote, build trust, and further the native food industry. Nutritional Research Social Impact Research Production Research Nutritional Research General - Health Benefits of Australian Native Foods, Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation - Untargeted and Targeted Metabolomic Profiling of Australian Indigenous Fruits...

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A Fascinating Behind-the-Scenes Look at Wattleseed

I love wattleseed. There’s over 100 edible species with flavours ranging from sweet coffee and hazelnuts all the way to savoury popcorn and sesame. They’re versatile and have a rich history in Aboriginal diets across the continent.Apart from being Australia’s national flower, wattleseed is a protein-rich ingredient that needs little water, little-to-no chemical input, and has the opportunity to replace common wheat as a staple in our diet. High demand, low supply, and poor technology for harvesting, has seen the price of wattleseed spiking up to $200 per kilogram.It’s not only Australia’s secret though. During the famines in Niger (Africa), edible species of wattle were planted across the region as a security against future poor harvests and to provide extra...

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5 Native Bushfoods to Forage in Cities

Quandong Fruit When it comes to bushfood, most people think they need to look into the vast arid plains of interior bush land to find something edible. The picture of native ingredients is one of a sunburnt country with nothing but flat, open terrain, or a dense canopy of lush rainforest hours away from the city life. The arrival of alien plants and animals from Europe, Asia, and the Americas into the Australian continent saw early Europeans decimate Aboriginal food sources.  Incorporating native foods into our diet can be immesely pleasurable, giving an exciting diversity of flavours as well as a hit of nutrition. Finding these ingredients won't require you to drive, in fact, with a little knowledge you might...

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5 Benefits of Kakadu Plum

5 Benefits of Kakadu Plum Kakadu Plum, commonly referred to as Gubinge, Billy Goat Plum, or if you’re a Latin speaker, Terminalia ferdinandiana, is a fruit found exclusively in the outback in Northern Australia. Kakadu Plum as a fruit is small, reaching no larger than the tip of your thumb, and weighing up to 5 grams in total. The fruit itself remains pale green in colour, isn’t sweet, and is quite tart and somewhat astringent. The two primary regions where Kakadu Plum grows is the Northern Territory, and Western Australia, with trees producing fruits at different times depending on the region. According to the Northern Australia Kakadu Plum Alliance, Kakadu Plums are harvested in January and February in Western Australia,...

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