Australia is a vast land, blessed with many wild herbs, fruits and nuts. For over 50,000 years, the Aboriginal people have found pleasure and sustenance from eating these foods. They lived off the land and recognized the importance of preserving the land and consuming only what they needed to survive. Modern Australia has been slow to adopt these foods despite their unique flavours and exceptional nutritional value. They have usually opted for imported and more familiar foods instead.
The Australian Superfood Co has developed a range of food products richly infused with Australian native bush food. Our harmonious integration of native fruits and seeds announces a delicious and distinctly Australian flavour wheel to the world of functional health foods. The vitamin-packed Australian superfoods in our products introduce an exciting eating experience and a bountiful source of antioxidants. There’s a reason native bush food has sustained Aboriginal people for eons…
Considered a gift of the Dreamtime, the Kakadu Plum is Australia’s star superfood performer. Kakadu Plum has exceptional nutritional and antiseptic properties and has been an important food and medicine in Northern Australia for millennia. From March to June, the local people harvest and consume this energizing, thirst-quenching fruit. Throughout the rest of the year, the tree sap is consumed to treat joint inflammation, whilst the bark is applied to the body to treat burns, rashes and infections.
“Namarrkon is the lightning man. His body is shaped like a praying mantis. He makes lightning flashes with his lightning rods that go around his body. This is his power source, to light up clouds and the sky. Namarrkon has axes on his shoulders and knees. When he comes to earth as a lightning strike, he uses the axes to split trees. We can hear Namarrkon’s thunder from late October. That’s when he tells Aboriginal people that Kakadu Plum is ready to collect and eat.”
– Leslie Nawirridj, Gunbalanya.