For centuries 'bushfood' plants have been an integral part of our indigenous people's staple diet and lifestyle. Today these native foods are being 'rediscovered' by contemporary Australians and used in ways as varied as our multi-cultured backgrounds.
There are about 250,000 species of flowering plants in the world. Given this biodiversity it is perhaps surprising that with 10,000 years of settled agriculture only about 100 species have been cultivated as significant food plants and only about
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20 constitute the staple foods of the developed and developing world.
It is estimated that there were upwards of 5000 different bushfood plant species across Australia utilised and harvested seasonally by Aboriginal people.
Our indigenous foods, while sometimes reminiscent of European foods, have their own particular characteristics that we need to learn to accept and value. Bushfoods have unique flavours that have not been genetically manipulated. Tests have shown them to be highly nutritious, ...