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Anise Myrtle

Syzygium anisatum COMMON NAME Anise myrtle, Aniseed myrtle, Ringwood TRADITIONAL USE Traditionally Aboriginal people used it medicinally as a tonic which had a vitalising effect. PART USED Mature leaves. The leaves are typically dried and milled used as a tea or flavour ingredient or steam destilled to obtain anise myrtle essential oil. SEASONALITY Anise myrtle … Read More


Club Rushes

Bolboschoenus caldwellii COMMON NAME There are three species: Sea Club Rush (B. caldwellii formerly Scirpus maritimus), B. medianus, and the marsh Club Rush, or river bulrush (B. Fluviatilis) (Low, 1991). TRADITIONAL USE Aborigines along the Murray River ate the walnut sized tubers of ‘belilah’ — probably marsh club rush. The tubers were roasted, pounded and … Read More

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Bush Banana

Marsdenia australis COMMON NAME Bush Pear, Bush Banana TRADITIONAL USE They were sometimes cooked on hot ashes and the vine’s flowers were sucked for nectar and eaten raw. PART USED Edible fruit and flowers. SEASONALITY Fruits from November to April. The fruit contains high levels of thiamine. FLAVOUR PROFILE The fruit looks like an avocado … Read More


Bower Spinach

Tetragonia implexicoma COMMON NAME Bower Spinach TRADITIONAL USE Bower Spinach was a significant food source for theTasmanian Aboriginal people. The berries, which darken to near-black when ripe, were valued as a red dye, and were a sweet tasting snack or addition to a main meal. Settlers cooked the succulent leaves like spinach and ate the fruit … Read More