Mar 282020

“Australia is discovering the culinary culture of hunter-gatherers who arrived 60,000 years ago, with key health benefits.”

Mates, historically, the Aborigines were hunters and gatherers of the outback, and a small portion remained with this old, traditional lifestyle in the early 21st century.

The collection of plants or animals hunted usually depends on the climate. Central Aussie is almost dry, and the bush plants are sparsely spread on the earth. The native food of outback known as Bush Tucker means a wide assortment of native bush foods.

Aboriginal people rely on hunting animals and eat seeds and plant roots to survive. Moreover, in northeastern Aussie land, there are tropical trees that offer a diversity of vegetables, fruits, and nuts, plus the famous macadamia nut. Those who reside along the shoreline and follow the mythical Aboriginal lifestyle have access to seafood.

Let’s discover it and find some of the outback’s versatile Bush Tucker (Bush food) terms.

Bush Tucker Seeds, Nuts, Spices, And Fruits

  • Tucker: Aussie term food
  • Quandong Santalaceae

Santalum acuminatum, the Desert Quandong, a traditional Aboriginal bush tucker known as native peach fruit, this outback superfood is full of Vitamin ‘C and’ broadly scattered throughout the central deserts and southern Aussie areas.

  • Lilly-Pilly

An indigenous purple A bush tucker berry.

  • Damper

Unleavened bread baked in the ashes of a fire.

  • Gumbi Gumbi

Pittosporum angustifolium is known as Gumbi Gumbi; a resilient desert shrub that grows in inland Australia and is an age-old Aboriginal natural remedy. It is drunk as a tea and has reportedly incredible healing properties for a range of human health conditions.

  • Bush Tomato

These native wild tomato plants are small, fast-growing shrubs fruits have been used as a food source by Aboriginal people for thousands of years. Bush tomatoes have a dominant flavour, and they smell.

  • Wattle Seed

Traditionally, acacia seeds are one of the essential bushfoods of the Aborigines. Natural nutty, coffee-like f seeds exist around 900 different species of acacia grow on bushes or small trees that are found almost everywhere on the land of Australia.

  • Bush Onion

Cyperus bulbosus is a kind of sedge. In Aussie, it is generally called bush onion or wild onion. They are consumed raw or roasted under hot ashes. Irriakura, yelka, or nalgoo are some of the terms used by the Aborigines to designate the bush onion.

  • Dill

It could mean the popular herb, but in slang term to describe a person, it indicates a fool or a simpleton.

  • Cinnamon Myrtle

The bush is available in the subtropical rainforests of Aussie areas. Famous as Cinnamon Myrtle and its leaves have a pleasant spicy cinnamon-like aroma and flavor and can be used as a spice in various dishes.

  • Bunya Nut

A prominent food for the Aboriginals. It is similar to a chestnut in both appearance and taste.

  • Muntries- The Emu Apple

Emu apples are known as native cranberries. Theyare a low growing bush found on the south coast of Aussie. These tasty little berries are high in antioxidants, high in antioxidants and have a sweet-spicy apple flavor and can be eaten fresh or used in many sweet and savory dishes.

  • Bush Grapes

Solanum centrale, known as or Bush grapes, a plant of the Solanaceae family native to the aridest fields of Australia. The fruits, rich in vitamin C, and it has long been a source of bushfood for Aborigines in the center of the country.

  • Billy Tea

Billy is used to boiling water and tea and is highly appreciated by all Aussies, both Aboriginal and European. When a sweet drink is desired, the water is sweetened with honey or nectar collected from the flowers.

  • Lemon Myrtle

Backhousia citriodora, known as a Lemon Myrtle in the bush, is a lovely Aussie shrub naturally occurring in the wetter coastal areas. Its leaf is the most versatile and refreshing herb. 

  • Mountain Pepper

An epical herb, which can be dissolved in water with honey to make sweets or jelly for children.

Bush Tucker Grubs, Insects And Meats

  • Kangaroo

The kangaroo is a meat red consumed for centuries by aboriginal peoples of Australia. Kangaroo meat is lean and quite tasty and fat-free.

  • Crocodile

The wild crocodile, called “salties” by the locals, is a protected species. The Crocodiles are white meat, so they’re low in fat and high in proteins. The one you can taste is grown on large farms in the north of the country.

  • Balmain Bug

Balmain Bug is a famous, edible crustacean crayfish typical throughout Sydney fish markets. A sweet-flavored, firm-textured, and great taste. It is a species of slipper lobster and is similarly linked to the rock lobsters.

  • Barramundi

It’s Queensland native name is “Barramundi“, means ” a large scale river fish. Excellent in taste.

  • Pork

Pork-meat (Pig Meat) is the most widely consumed meat in the Straiya. Not only the proteins it gives but its richness in group B vitamins and especially in vitamin B1.      

  • Beef

Around the Aussie it is widely eaten, beef is cooked from barbeques to soups, roasts, and stews.

  • Morton Bay Bug

A small crayfish found in the Aussie coastal side such as Northern Territory and


  • Emu    

The ostrich meat is unusual bushfood that enters timidly but inevitably into the Cs’ eating habits for thousands of years and is now on the menu at native Aussie restaurants such as Tukka. It provides excellent and tender bright red meat. 

  • Muddle

A muddle is a mud crab. This large and delightful seafood found in the mangrove wetlands of New South Wales and Queensland.

  • Yabby

It is an Aussie freshwater shrimp or crayfish, in the Parastacidae family. Broadly favorite seafood in Australia.

  • Green Ants and White Larvae

These Ants their Larvae are high in fat content and said to help relieve


  • Mullet

It isa fish of the Mugilidae family. But if you hear the expression “he looked like a stunned mullet,” it means the person being spoken of seems to be confused, bewildered, or surprised.

  • Goanna

A high-protein tucker (food) that is Straiya’s native lizard of the Monitor family.

  • Witchetty Grub

Nutty-flavored and can be eaten raw or roasted. The nutrient-dense caterpillar is a fantastic source of rich protein, thiamine, calcium, and folate; increases the immune system.

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