Australian Bush Foods - A Handbook for the Home Cook
Booklet $20.00 (+ $5.00 P&P)
40 pp A4 size Ring binding
Descriptions of 20 edible Australian plants - how to grow and propagate
Collecting and processing leaves and fruit
31 classic recipes with a bush food flavour.
This booklet was written to complement a workshop on bush foods held at Gawura Gallery in Glen Innes in November 2020. The author has been very interested in bush foods since the movement started to take off in the 1980s. Supply of plants and produce has always been limited and the Australian market has been slow to take up the challenge. It has taken many years for the industry to grow to where it is today.
In recent years there has been a resurgence of interest in bush foods. Racks of bush food spices and products can be found across Australia in Visitor Information Centres, specialty shops and Galleries. A few products have hit the supermarket shelves but there is much potential here particularly in products like jams, spices and biscuits. Many people are now aware of various bush food varieties like Lemon Myrtle, Wattle Seed and Mountain Pepper but they do not know how to incorporate these unfamiliar, tasty and nutritious items into their cooking.
This booklet is an attempt to assist readers in how to grow these plants in gardens or pots, how to harvest the leaves or fruits, how to process them and use them in a variety of dishes. Twenty plant species are covered. Thirty one classic but familiar recipes are given a special twist with the addition of bush food spices or fruits. All the recipes have been selected for their simplicity and tested by the author. The booklet is aimed at the home cook who wants to try something different.
An index to the recipes is included as well as an extensive reference list of websites and suppliers. Readers need to be aware that websites may change or cease to be available over time.