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

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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



Kunzea pomifera COMMON NAME Muntries, Emu apple, native apple, cranberry, crab apple, muntaberry. TRADITIONAL USE Traditionally, muntries were highly valued by Aboriginal populations. Surplus fruit was pounded into a pulp, shaped into flat cakes and dried in the sun. It was also baked into cakes for consumption up to several months later. It played a … Read More



Austromyrtus dulcis COMMON NAME Midyim, Midgen berry, silky myrtle. TRADITIONAL USE It was a favourite of Aborigines in Moreton Bay (Low, 35). PART USED Berries. SEASONALITY Midyim is a small 1-2m shrub with slender opposite leaves, easily identified by its characteristic berries. The leaves are 1-3 cm long, and young foliage is coppery- coloured. Small … Read More


Marsh Cress

Rorippa palustris COMMON NAME Marsh Cress, Yello cress, [R. islandica] TRADITIONAL USE Aborigines ate the leaves (Low, 1991). PART USED Leaves. SEASONALITY All year round. FLAVOUR PROFILE Leaves have a slightly spicy profile. USES Use leaves in salads.

Lemon Myrtle Backhousiacitriodora

Lemon Myrtle

Backhousia citriodora COMMON NAME Lemon Myrtle TRADITIONAL USE The leaves are generally dried and milled to be used as tea or a flavour ingredient. PART USED Leaves. SEASONALITY Lemon myrtle can be harvested year round, although wet season should be avoided. FLAVOUR PROFILE Its flavour and aroma show refreshingly intense citrus notes, often described as … Read More