Prior to the white man settling in Australia, traditional aboriginal people lived off the land as nomadic hunters and gatherers for over 70,000 years. Over 1000s of generations they have acquired the skills to use the natural resources nature has to offer. Fully understanding what could be eaten, used for medicine etc. From this we now have a rich knowledge of unique natural Australian ingredients that have distinctive tastes, to this country. Some plants have been accepted into mainstream western ideas too, for their tastes, health/medical properties… From the dry arid interior to the lush rainforests.
At Bush Food Australia, we:
- supply commercial quantities of wattle seed roasted and ground (Acacia victoriae) for the Australian native food, cosmetic, revegatation (Raw Seed), dietary supplement and pharmaceutical industries.
- supply many other native foods and materials on request.
- work hand in hand with the South Australian Government and private land owners to collect wild harvested seed. Permits are gained to collect on crown land under strict guidelines, to protect the environment, for future harvest.
- are constantly seeking ways to refine our collection, cleaning, roasting and grinding methods to ensure a first grade product.
- support research into nutrition and health, production and food technology and recipe development.
Lyle Dudley: For most of his life has had an interest in native plants / fruits. Over the past 20 years has wild harvested wattle seed, quandong (SA), mountain pepper berry (TAS), bush tomato (NT) and native seed. Building up a bushfood business along the way. Live and work in the Southern Flinders Ranges of South Australia. Have dealt with all major players in the industry in one shape or form Vic Cherikoff, Juleigh Robins, Mike Quarmby etc. Life / foundation member of Trees For Life SA. (Men of the Trees). Growing many kinds of bush food and many traditional fruits. Collecting fruit, seed and plant materials for many different industries. Having connections with local Aboriginal groups, also further afield, member of ANFIL peak bushfood body.