Australian foods I want to try

I still have a bit to learn about exactly which plants are local and, for both lists, where to fine many items.

Local Foods (Native to Noosa Region):



Tea tree

Bunya nuts 2019

We tried Bunya nuts last year and they have a lovely buttery, nutty flavour. They were a little tricky to prepare but worth it.

Honey (though I don’t eat it now)


Native figs

Cabbage tree palm



Native plum

Other Bush Foods (Native to Australia):

Akudjura aka Bush tomatoes

Anise myrtle

Australian native lemon grass (Cymbopogon ambiguus)

Bush potato

Cinnamon myrtle (Backhousia myrtifolia)

Conkerberry aka bush plum (Carissa spinarum)

Davidson’s plum aka Sour plum

Desert lime

Djitama aka bush yam (warning – prep needed)

Finger lime 22/02/2020


They are sooo sour. I’m not a fan, but then I don’t like lime either. I’d like to explore some different ways of trying them, though. Any ideas?



Gumbi gumbi (Pittosporum angustifolium): tea

Illawarra plum aka Daalgaal, Gidneywallum

Kakadu plum aka Gubinge, Billygoat Plum, Murunga

Karrbarda aka long yam

Lemon aspen

Lemon myrtle

Lemon myrtle is delicious. I’ve had it in tea. Nice with green tea or black tea. I’d like to try it on it’s own.

Macadamia nuts

Of course I’ve had macadamia nuts many times. I’ve cracked open the shells and eaten them, I’ve had the nuts in stir frys, covered in chocolate, and recently I’ve been trialling macadamia nut oil for cooking and salads.

Mountain pepperleaf aka Tasmanian pepperleaf (Tasmannia lanceolata) 01/01/2020

A small blue bowl holding pumpkin seeds

I’m a big fan now. It is peppery but also tastes more herby (more interesting) than pepper – and milder. After using it on the roasted pumpkin seeds I’ve also substituted it for pepper in a few recipes and was very happy with it.



Murnong aka yam daisy

Muntries aka Emu apple, Native cranberries, Munthari

Native basil

Native blood lime

Native cherry

Native raspberry

Native river mint aka Wild mint

Native sage

Old Man Saltbush, aka Bluegreen, Giant Saltbush (Atriplex nummularia)

Pepperberry (is this different to pepperleaf?)

Peppermint gum


Rose myrtle


Sandalwood nuts

Sea parsley aka Sea celery


Small leafed tamarind

Strawberry gum

Sunrise limes

Tanami apple

Warrigal greens aka Warrigal spinach, Botany Bay greens (warning – prep needed)