RiverClub RushSchoenoplectuslitoralis2

River Club Rushes

Schoenoplectus COMMON NAME There are two varieties: River or Lake Club Rush (S. validus) and Club Rush (S. litoralis). Other name; Scirpus. TRADITIONAL USE Aborigines ate the club rushes after roasting and hammering the underground stems (Low, 1991). PART USED Underground stems.

Riberrysyzygium luehmannii


Syzygium luehmannii COMMON NAME Riberry, small Leaved Lilly Pilly, Cherry Satinash, Cherry Alder, or Clove Lilli Pilli.  TRADITIONAL USE There are historic references from New South Wales and Queensland about riberry being regularly eaten raw as a snack by Aboriginal communities, and suggestions the pulp was also applied to sore ears. PART USED The Riberry is a … Read More



Santalum acuminatum COMMON NAME Desert peach, native peach or wild peach. TRADITIONAL USE Quandong has a wide natural distribution throughout southern Australia from arid desert areas to coastal regions. It was an important native food source for Indigenous Australians across semi-arid and arid regions in the mainland states, with surplus fruit collected and dried for … Read More

Pigface Carpobrotusrossiifruit


Carpobrotus rossii COMMON NAME Pigface, Karkalla TRADITIONAL USE Aboriginal people eat the fruit traditionally, fresh and dried. The salty leaves were also reported to have been eaten with meat. You can apply the juice to sandfly bites or make a poultice of crushed leaves to apply to burns and scalds. Extracts of the plant have … Read More


Old Man Saltbush

Atriplex nummularia COMMON NAME Old man saltbush. TRADITIONAL USE Traditionally, its seeds were used as a food source by the Aboriginal people.  PART USED Leaves and flower sprays. SEASONALITY All year round. FLAVOUR PROFILE The leaves are salty in flavour and rich in protein, antioxidants and minerals. The flower sprays taste a little like popcorn. … Read More

NitreBushnitraria billardierei 1

Nitre Bush

Nitraria billardierei COMMON NAME Wild Grape. Dillon Bush. TRADITIONAL USE Large quantities of the fruit of this species were used as a food source by indigenous peoples. PART USED Fruit. SEASONALITY Spring. FLAVOUR PROFILE Salty grapes. USES Fruit can also be made into jam or dried and stored.


Native White Elderberry

Sambucus gaudichaudiana COMMON NAME White Elderberry TRADITIONAL USE White berries were eaten raw (Flood, 1980:96) PART USED Edible berries can be eaten raw or cooked and are a good source of vitamins A and C. Edible flowers. SEASONALITY Berries ripen in late summer. FLAVOUR PROFILE Fruits are ‘juicy, a little sour with soft seeds and … Read More


Native Currant

Acrotriche depressa COMMON NAME Native Currant TRADITIONAL USE Native Currants (Acrotriche depressa) are indigenous to Southern South Australia and Kangaroo Island and are a low growing heath found in well drained sheltered areas.  The little berries were a favourite food of the Aboriginal people of the area.  PART USED Berries. SEASONALITY Spring harvest. FLAVOUR PROFILE … Read More



Marsilea drummondii COMMON NAME Nardoo, Southern cross, clover fern. TRADITIONAL USE Aborigines ground nardoo sporocarps between stones, and removed the husks, leaving behind a yellow spore flour that was then moistened and baked (Low, 1991). PART USED Sporocarps

Nalgoo BushOnion


Cyperus bulbosus COMMON NAME Nalgoo, nutgrass, bush onion. TRADITIONAL USE Nalgoo was a staple food for Aborigines, who would cook it by shaking it in a dish with hot coals to enjoy its pleasant nutty taste. PART USED The pleasantly starchy tubers ‘nuts’ can be eaten raw or roasted. FLAVOUR PROFILE Starchy, nutty flavour. USES … Read More