I remember the Bush Tucker Man mentioning that one of the Australian Explorers died of starvation while surrounded by bush tucker. But not being a native, and not having a native to show him what was edible, he had no idea the variety of edible goods that surrounded him.
Thankfully we don't have this problem in our day...unless your out hiking somewhere remote!
But here we are growing all sorts of introduced plants in our gardens...which is ok, but what about the native foods and plants?
Rick picked up this book online "Grow Your Own Bushfoods, A complete guide to planting, eating and harvesting" by Keith and Irene Smith, with the hopes that we'd eventually create a native food forest (small scale) on our block.
Keith and Irene have gone to the trouble of listing about 140 species of bush food plants, listed according to the type of food they are...such as seed, vegetable, or fruit.
Every plant has great information on where it will grow, how to eat it and there's a few recipes tucked in there also. I had never thought of wattle nectar infused water for example! Apparently it's a sweet and refreshing summer beverage.
Pictured is lemon myrtle, which is becoming a very popular flavouring in many dishes. I've heard it's a great cheesecake flavour!
So for anyone wanting to look further into native food in their garden, this book is worth a look.
Hi, my name is Racheal and I write the blog for Simple Living Toowoomba. Thanks for joining us on this journey to living a simpler life and encouraging others to do the same.