Are you interested in bush tucker plants but unsure where to start? Biripi man from Taree and Aboriginal Education Officer with the Garden's Community Greening program, Brenden Moore, shares his love for native plants and tips for a bush food garden at home.
Restaurants and at home cooks alike are embracing native plant ingredients that have been used in Australia for countless generations.
Bush food plants like lemon myrtle (Backhousia citriodora) and finger lime (Citrus australasica) are already recognised and well-loved. Midgen berry (Austromyrtus dulcis), native saltbush (of which there is a variety), lilly pilly (Syzygium smithii), pigface (Carpobrotus glaucescens) and many more are attracting increasing interest.
The absolute beauty of native plants is that they are designed for our Aussie climate, so a bush tucker garden at your place is easier than you may think.
It may not be a case of planting a bush tucker garden - so much as taking a good look around your own backyard to see what you already have growing and adding to it.
Ready to cultivate your own native bush tucker garden?
Visit the Cadi Jam Ora - First Encounters garden at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney to be inspired by these important native plants, and look out for more helpful stories from the Community Greening team to get your home garden flourishing – including Peter Dawe's top secret lilly pilly cordial recipe!