Australian Native Foods
Mahogany Creek offers a wide range of Australian bush tucker, including so-called “super fruits” which are greatly underutilised, yet they can help transform ordinary recipes into an extraordinary dish.
Akudjura (Bush Tomatoes)
Akudjura is one of the Aboriginal names of native bush tomatoes, which are a strongly flavoured fruit from the desert and taste similar to tamarillo and caramel. Akudjura can be obtained either whole or ground. The ground product can easily be added to bread mixes, salads, sauces, cheese dishes, chutneys, stews or mixed into butter.
The tartness of these large crimson rainforest fruits make them well suited to dressings, sauces and desserts. Davidson’s Plum coulis with a creamy dessert is an ideal complement.
This Australian bush tucker fruit from the south coast of NSW is plum-like in flavour, with a pleasant yet subtle resinous quality. Plum sized and seedless, the Illawarra plum can be sauced, and performs well with chilli or ginger, complementing Mahogany Creek’s game meats. Preserves, cheesecakes, muffins and other desserts can be made from the plums. The fruit behaves in a similar way to gooseberries in that it turns bitter with over cooking, but this bitterness disappears on cooling. We suggest using stainless steel saucepans for simmering.
The green Kakadu plum is a mild apricot-flavoured, olive-sized fruit, which was discovered in 1982 to be the world’s highest fruit source of vitamin C. The flesh can be simply cut from its seed and used as a garnish for fish or added to sauces and fruit compotes. The whole plums pickle well in hot vinegar flavoured with native herbs.
This tangy, yellow, citrus-flavoured fruit comes from an east-coast rainforest tree and is as versatile as an ordinary lemon. Whole lemon Aspens, or just their juice, can be used in pastries, desserts, sauces and marinades. The pulp from juicing can flavour shortbread and further infused to extract its unique flavour.
Commonly called native cranberries, Munthari (or muntries) are small green and red fruits with a Granny Smith apple flavour. They visually complement apples in pies, flans and desserts. They also make excellent sauces, garnishes, preserves and an ideal fruit to serve with a cheese.
Sometimes called wild or desert peaches, these red fruits have a tart apricot and peach flavour and are well known by country folk as an excellent Australian bush tucker for making jams and pies. The kernels of quandong fruits are also highly flavoured. Roasted, they can be used to impart an aromatic nutty taste to dessert or savoury sauces or used in a crumb topping. Available whole as well as frozen.
Another popular fruit, riberries belong to the rainforest lillipilli family. They are small pink berries with a cinnamon and clove character. Use for sauces and relishes to accompany meats, fish, or cheese. Riberries glaze well and can also be used in ice creams, sorbets and other chilled desserts.
Sourced from several species of native Australian citrus species, these fruits can be found from rainforests to arid areas. With a very strong, tart lime flavour and an edible, although slightly bitter yellow/green skin, wild limes make a superb mayonnaise and are well suited to desserts stewed in syrup or honey, or traditionally glazed. Try them in sweet or savoury marmalades.
The tropical rosella buds of the wild hibiscus have a crispy berry and rhubarb taste. They lend themselves to pie fillings and other pastries, ice creams, sorbets and fruit stews. Rosella in a coulis with lemon myrtle oil is an excellent flavour combination.
Seeds and Nuts
Australian bush tucker seeds, nuts, spices and vegetables include bunya-bunya nuts, wattleseed or wattle, Lemon Myrtle, Mountain Pepper leaf and native pepper-berries.
Using Australian native ingredients can really bring a new meaning to your dish. We carry eucalyptus, lemon myrtle and macadamia oil. If you want something really different, then try Witjuti grubs or paperbark.
Find out more about our Australian bush tucker, and how Mahogany Creek can add a bit of authentic Australian flavour to your recipes, by calling us on 08 9249 2866 or by enquiring online.