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Bush tucker: Australia's edible plants

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If you get peckish while on walkabout

Bush tucker: Australia's edible plants

From indigenous mountain pepper to the introduced dandelion, Australia has a vast selection of edible plants.

Ranging from rare native plants to common garden weeds, find out what plants you can safely consume.

Bush tucker: Australia's edible plants

Native - Ranging from rare native plants to common garden weeds, find out what plants you can safely consume

Bush tucker: Australia's edible plants

River mint - Mentha australis is a small herb with white and lilac flowers. It is aromatic, like its introduced counterparts.

Bush tucker: Australia's edible plants

Coughs - It is found in shaded areas near rivers and creeks and has been used to treat coughs, colds and stomach ailments.

Bush tucker: Australia's edible plants

Mountain pepper - Tasmannia lanceolata originated from Tasmania and the rainforests of south-eastern Australia

Bush tucker: Australia's edible plants

Ground - Both leaves and pepper berries can be consumed. The leaves and berries can be dried and ground up and added to food.

Bush tucker: Australia's edible plants

Wattleseed - Acacia victoriae is one of the acacia family that produces edible seeds, however, must be processed before consumption.

Bush tucker: Australia's edible plants

Flour - It brings a nutty flavour to breads and cakes after being roasted, ground, and added to flour.

Bush tucker: Australia's edible plants

Saltbush - Atriplex nummularia Is used to add a salty flavour to dishes like roast lamb, seafood, vegetable dishes, casseroles and stews

Bush tucker: Australia's edible plants

Foilage - The bush has silvery-grey leaves and is a perfect hardy, low-maintenance garden addition.

Bush tucker: Australia's edible plants

Dandelion - Taraxacum officinale is a common garden weed and the most recognisable edible plant.

Bush tucker: Australia's edible plants

Flower - The flower petals can be sprinkled over salad, while the leaves can be cooked like spinach and eaten.

Bush tucker: Australia's edible plants

Chickweed - Stellaria media is a herbaceous winter green rich in vitamins A, B, and C. It is also a good source of Omega 6 fatty acid.

Bush tucker: Australia's edible plants

Salad - The leaves can be added to a fresh salad or cooked. In the past, it was also used to treat itchy skin conditions.

Bush tucker: Australia's edible plants

Wild brassica - Of the Brassica species, this weed is similar to its relatives - broccoli, cauliflower, and kale.

Bush tucker: Australia's edible plants

WInter - A good source of vitamins C and A, this plant can be found year-round but tastes best in the colder months.

Bush tucker: Australia's edible plants

Wild fennel - Foeniculum vulgare is similar to your garden variety fennel, however it flowers and grows to almost 2m tall. Anise-like flavours come from its dried seeds and pollen, and great for spicing meat up.

Bush tucker: Australia's edible plants

Eaten -

Although there is no bulbous base, the fronds and stalks of wild fennel can be cooked and eaten in the same way as garden fennel and has a similar taste.

Bush tucker: Australia's edible plants

Wood sorrel - Oxalis is a small, herbaceous ground cover, very similar to clovers. The difference being wood sorrel leaves are shaped like hearts, whereas clover leaves are shaped like teardrops.

Bush tucker: Australia's edible plants

Garnish - Perfect for a garnish, this plant has a zesty flavour. It should not be eaten in large quantities as it contains oxalic acid which has been linked to kidney stones.

Bush tucker: Australia's edible plants

Sheep sorrel - Rumex acetosella, like oxalis, has a citrus-like tang. But also should not be eaten in large amounts.

Bush tucker: Australia's edible plants

Soup - It can be used in salads, cooked, and even added to soups.

Bush tucker: Australia's edible plants

Blackberry - Rubus fruticosus is a weed and a pest, but it produces a delicious fruit during summer and autumn.

Bush tucker: Australia's edible plants

Super fruit - They're considered a super fruit because they are high in vitamin C, with a lot of folates or folic acid.

Bush tucker: Australia's edible plants

Nettle - Urtica urens are well known for their stinging leaves that leave you itching for hours. But they are also edible.

Bush tucker: Australia's edible plants

Tasty - After disarming the nettles in hot water for 30 seconds, nettles can be handled like any other green.

Bush tucker: Australia's edible plants

Purslane - Portulaca oleracea is a native Australian succulent that is high in Omega 3.

Bush tucker: Australia's edible plants

Acid - Although like wood and sheep sorrel, it contains oxalic acid, and it is recommended in small quantities.

Bush tucker: Australia's edible plants

Mallow - A part of the Malva species, all mallow, big and small, short and tall, is edible.

Bush tucker: Australia's edible plants

Fresh - It can be cooked and eaten much like spinach or added fresh to a salad.

 

1 Comments

  • Robyn

    Robyn

    1:11 AM, 15-01-2021

    That is very interesting a lot of this I did not know.

    Reply

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