Considered a gift from the Dreamtime, the Kakadu plum has served as more than just a bushfood to the Aboriginal people of Australia. The fruit provided hydration and essential vitamins and the bark of the tree was boiled down and applied topically to treat rashes and burns. The liquid extracted form this process was also drunk to treat inflammation and colds. As well as being a valuable source of vitamin E, iron, folate, zinc, magnesium, calcium, lutein, and powerful antioxidants, Kakadu plum has been found to have a higher concentration of vitamin C than any other natural source in the world – 100 times the amount found in oranges. The tart and refreshing flavour of the Kakadu plum is often likened to that of an English gooseberry, with a pleasant aroma of citrus and stewed apple.
Kakadu plum and lilli pilli smoothie bowl
3 frozen bananas
½ cup lilly pillies, fresh or frozen
1 tablespoon Kakadu plum powder
2 tablespoons chia seeds
2 handfuls baby spinach
½ cup almond milk
fresh fruit, nuts or seeds, to sprinkle
Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into two bowls and scatter with fresh fruits, nuts or seeds of your choice, if using.
Where to buy
While bushfoods are popping up in more and more markets, supermarkets, delis and health food stores, you can easily source ingredients online with a variety of bushfood stockists. It is always such a treat receiving a big delivery of these beautiful foods in the mail!
Bushfood Australia: Specialises in whole and milled, wild-harvested wattleseed, quandong, mountain pepper, bush tomato, and strawberry gum. Delivers Australia-wide. www.bushfoodaustralia.com
The Lime Caviar Company: This Queensland company grows and sells fresh and frozen finger limes. Delivers Australia-wide and internationally. www.limecaviar.net
Outback Chef: Outback Chef offers a wide selection of herbs, spices, teas, fruits, nuts, and pastes. Delivers Australia-wide. www.outbackchef.com.au
Outback Pride Fresh: The Outback Pride Project propagates and cultivates many different bushfood species. This project assists a number of production sites within Aboriginal communities. Check their website for a full distributor list or to order online. www.outbackpridefresh.com.au
Roogenic: Roogenic has a great range of bush teas and spices and proudly supports local farmers and Aboriginal communities by buying and promoting their products. Delivers Australia-wide. www.roogenic.com.au
Taste Australia Bush Food Shop: An online store based in south-east Queensland that stocks a wide selection of dried, bottled, and frozen bushfoods. Delivers Australia-wide. www.bushfoodshop.com.au
This extract is from Australian Bush Superfoods by Lily Alice and Thomas O'Quinn, published by Explore Australia (RRP $29.99) and is available in stores nationally.
Photography: © Lily Alice and Thomas O'Quinn