I hadn’t actually thought of wattle seeds as food until I heard this piece. I did know that Australia had become a major supplier of Wagyu beef, although I still struggle with the idea of paying $1,060 per kilo for a piece of beef!
I also knew that after a slow start, Australia seemed to be becoming a major producer of truffles. So one local food that I did not know, two overseas sourced foods that I did.
Back in 2006, I became interested in Australian Native foods. I also became interested in imported food that had become acclimatised to Australian conditions and especially olives. Indeed, with the olive it has become so pervasive that you will find it everywhere.
The general interest in Australian native foods continues as evidenced by the Australian Bush Food Facebook page. However, with the exception of the macadamia nut and to a lesser extent kangaroo meat, Australian native foods just do not seem to cut the mustard, so to speak.
So for his Monday Forum, have you eaten any of the Australian native foods? Why haven't they become part of the diet of modern Australians?
As always, in responding go in whatever direction you like.
Evan was concerned that there were no non-meat recipes involving Australian native foods. Here are a few:
- Japanese pumpkin frittata served with bush tomato chutney
- Coconut and Lemon Myrtle brulee
- Ricotta figs and macadamia nuts
- Rainforest lime and macadamia nut pudding
- Wattleseed pancakes with riberry confit
- Riberry and Blue Cheese Damper
- Baked Illawarra plum cheesecake
In a totally different direction, Sue pointed to this piece by Dean Frenkel: The great Australian speech impediment. Are thing as as bad as all this?
If you look at the comments, you will see that kvd was far from impressed with Australian native foods. However, he did point me to this web site setting describing a number of them.
Interesting piece on Bush Telegraph about the practical difficulties involved in the commercial cultivation of the Australian bush tomato.