Bush Tucker Plants and their Uses

 

GENUS/SPECIES COMMON NAME FOOD USE ABORIGINAL USE
Acacia longifolia Sydney Golden Wattle green seeds steamed in pods y
Acmena smithii Creek Lillypilly fruit y
Alpinia caerulea Ginger edible fruit, young root tips y
Araucaria bidwilli Bunya Nut nuts y
Archirhodomyrtus becklari Rose Myrtle edible fruits
Arthropodium milleflorum Vanilla Lily small fleshy roots edible
Austromyrtus dulcis Midyim berries can be eaten raw y
Backhousia citriodora Lemon Myrtle leaves for tea, flavouring y
Baeckea virgata Twiggy Myrtle leaves a tea substitute y
Banksia spp. Banksias nectar soaked from flowers overnight y
Billardiera scandens Apple Berry ripe purple fruits
Brachychiton populneus Kurrajong roasted seeds y
Callistemon spp. Bottlebrush stamens for tea
Cissus antarctica Kangaroo Vine raw berries eaten y
Cupaniopsis spp. Tuckaroo edible orange fruit y
Davidsonia pruriens Davidson's Plum juicy purple fruit y
Davidsonia pruriens Davidson's Plum juicy purple fruit y
Diplogottis campbelii Tamarind pulp of fruit for drinks and jams
Eucalyptus gummifera Red Bloodwood nectar soaked from flowers y
Ficus spp. Figs ripe fruit eaten y
Gahnia spp. Saw Sedges leaf buds and seeds ground to flour y
Grevillea spp. Grevilleas nectar soaked from flowers y
Hardenbergia violacea Sarsaparilla leaves a tea substitute y
Hibiscus heterophyllus Native Rosella flower buds, young shoots raw or cooked y
Hicksbeachia pinnatifolia Bopple Nut similar to macadamia usage
Leptospermum petersonii Lemon-Scented Tea Tree leaves a tea substitute y
Linospadyx monostachys Walking Stick Palm edible fruits
Lomandra confertifolia Mat Rush flowers eaten y
Lomandra longifolia Mat Rush white leaf bases eaten y
Macadamia spp. Macadamia Nut nuts y
Melaleuca spp. Paperbarks flowers sucked or soaked for drink y
Melastoma affine Blue Tongue sweet (sometimes bitter) fruit y
Mentha spp. Native Mints aromatic herbs
Microcitrus australasica Finger Lime sour citrus fruit raw or crushed for drink y
Podocarpus spp. Plum Pines purplish stalk of fruit eaten y
Prostanthera incisa Cut-Leaf Mint Bush dried leaves used for flavouring
Randia fitzalanii Yellow Mangasteen raw yellow fruit y
Sollya heterophylla Bluebell Creeper small black fruits y
Syzygium luehmanni Riberry bright red fruits with spicy taste y
Syzygium spp. Lilly Pilly pink fruits great for jam
Tasmannia spp. Pepper Tree leaves and seeds used for flavouring
Tetragona tetragonoides Warrigal Greens blanched leaves used like spinach y
Viola hederacea Native Violet flowers can be used in salads
Wahlenbergia spp. Bluebell flowers can be used in salads

 


 

Colour for Christmas and Summer

Nothing quite says summer like the native Christmas Bush.

We have 2 varieties available.

Ceratopetalum gummiferum 'Red Red Red'

grows to 4metres - bright red flowers in summer

and

'Johannas Xmas' - dwarf

grows to 1 metre.