RIRDC, shaping the future

Native Foods

Understanding the Cropping Behaviour of Riberry (Syzygium leuhnmannii)
G M G M Sanewski

Commercial use of Syzygium in Australia is confined mainly to the landscape and home garden market but there is growing interest in processing of the fruit, particularly Riberry (<="" p="">

Defining the Unique Flavours of Australian Native Foods
Heather Smyth

Australian native plant foods provide new and exciting eating experiences for consumers and have the potential to re-position ‘Australian cuisine’ as a contemporary food choice for consumers wo...

Health Benefits of Australian Native Foods - An evaluation of health-enhancing compounds
Izabela Konczak et al

This RIRDC funded research provides the native food industry with reliable information on the levels of health beneficial constituents, and the antioxidant capacities of commercially significant na...

Native Foods R&D Priorities and Strategies 2007-2012

The New Crop Industries Handbook - Native Foods
S Salvin, M Bourke, T. Byrne editors

Native Foods extract of 04/125. Prepared for the Native Foods Conference in Melbourne, 24 Feb. 2008

Cultivation and Harvest Quality of Native Foods Crops
M Ryder, Y Latham, B Hawke

The modern native foods industry in Australia, excluding Macadamia, is still in its infancy. The research presented here is aimed at improving our capacity to grow and market quality native food p...

Food Safety Standards and Labelling for Native Plant Foods
J Faragher, M Parsons, R Premier

The report identifies food safety issues that the native plant food industry needs to be aware of and address, including biological issues, legislative requirements and buyers' requirements. It pro...

Functional Properties of Australian Bushfoods
by Jian Zhao, Samson Agboola

This report examines the functional properties of Australian bushfoods and provides detailed information on the antimicrobial, antioxidant and emulsifying properties of 19 Australian bushfoods and ...

Water and Nutrient Relations of Parasitic Quandong and Acacia Host Species
by JR Watling, B Lethbridge

Quandong (Santalum acuminatum) and acacia seed are two of the most important native food crops currently being developed in Australia. This project was designed to quantify water and nutrient relat...

Commercialisation of Boab Tubers
P.R. Johnson et al

This report examines the agronomic, product use development, supply-chain requirements, marketing and promotion aspects required for the full commercialization of this new product. Creating the pot...

The effect of post harvest handling in selected native food plants
J K McDonald et al

The project investigated current wild harvest and post harvest activities in the native food value adding chain using bio active components (the antioxidants lycopene and ascorbic acid) in the sele...

Cultivation of Native Food Plants in South Eastern Australia
Maarten Ryder, Yvonne Latham

This aim of this project was to evaluate the performance in cultivation of key native food species across a range of climates and soil types in South-eastern Australia. A series of field trials ha...

Bushfoods – cultivation and wild harvest (Web Only)

The Australian bushfood industry is very much based on traditional knowledge, however few Aboriginal people appear to be sharing in the benefits that arise from its activities and the value of thei...

DOOR for Quandong Production – A feasibility study

Development of the native Australian quandong to a managed orchard tree still requires much research. With restrictive funding for institutionalised research for new industry a greater reliance on ...

Muntries - The domestication and improvement of Kunzea pomifera
Tony Page

Many Australian native plant foods have the potential to broaden the culinary and nutritional composition of the human diet, both in Australia and worldwide. Kunzea pomifera (muntries) is a specie...

Soil biological constraints and benefits to quandong and other native food production
Rosemary Warren, Maarten Ryder

“Sudden death syndrome” or “dieback” of quandong is of considerable concern to the industry (worth >$1 million p.a.), as its cause has not been positively identified. This publication repor...

Genetic and agronomic improvement of quandong
Ben Lethbridge, Barbara Randell

The quandong industry is moving from wild-picked to orchard derived fruit with selected varieties. Development of the native Australian quandong to a well managed orchard tree still requires much r...

Researchers’ Extension Program for the Native Foods Industry
A.E. Hele

The Native Food Industry R&D Advisory Group reviews and provides assessments of research proposals on native foods submitted to the RIRDC. Recently the Group has considered that many proposals have...

Innovative Products from Australian Native Foods
M. Forbes-Smith, J.E. Paton

The aim of the study was to (1) improve shelf-life, quality and safety of existing native foods and to identify and develop novel products from native foods and (2) to develop applications across t...

The Prospect of Commercialising Boab Roots as a Vegetable
P.R Johnson, C. Robinson, E. Green

Current consumer trends are looking for a more diverse range of products. This has spurred an increasing interest in native Australian foods leading to a number of small-scale successes in developi...