Australian Bushfoods magazine - Issue 4  



Possum Tagine

500g flour, 1 kg possum meat, 300g sliced onion, 60g butter, 30ml olive oil, 300g potato roughly diced, 200g chickpeas soaked overnight, 200g carrot roughly diced, 300g whole peeled tomatoes, 1tsp paprika, 1tsp cinnamon, 1tsp coriander, 1.2tsp ginger, stock, roasted sesame seeds, sliced preserved lemon, coriander sprigs.

Place meat in seasoned flour, cover and shake off excess flour. Heat oil and butter in pan. Add meat and fry until meat is sealed. Remove meat from pan and add onions and spices. Fry until onions are soft. Add potatoes, carrots, tomatoes, chickpeas, stock and honey. Bring to boil then simmer. Add meat and cook until tender. Garnish with sesame seeds, lemon and coriander. Perfect served with a bowl of couscous.

Recipe supplied by Lawrence Street Brasserie Launceston Tasmania

Roast Wallaby With Honey Glazed Apple and Tamarillos

320g Lenah Wallaby, 1 celeriac, 2 golden delicious apples, 3 tamarillos, 200ml pepper sauce, 6 pepper corns, 1 tbs honey, 1 glass dry white wine.

Marinate wallaby in red wine with a bay leaf, pepper corns and fresh thyme. Peel celeriac, chop up roughly and cook in chicken stock until soft, strain and puree. Blanch tamarillo in boiling water for 10 seconds. Take out and plunge into ice water. Peel and slice rounds 1/4 inch thick. Peel apples and core. Slice into 8ths. Drain wallaby and cook until medium rare. Take out of pan and keep warm in tin foil.

Place apple slice in pan with honey and dry white wine. Cook until glazed. Heat tamarillos in oven. Put puree in the middle of the plate. Slice meat up thinly and place on top of puree. Place apple on one side and tamarillos on other side. Sauce and garnish with fresh herbs.

Recipe supplied by Phlilippe Pacal, Alexanders Restaurant, Lenah of Hobart Tasmania

From the Bookshop


`Traditional Aboriginal Medicines in the Northern Territory of Australia'

By the Aboriginal Communities of the Northern Territory

Conservation Commission of the Northern Territory.

650pp $60 + $6 p+p.

A sequal to `Traditional Bush Medicines - an Aboriginal Pharmacopeia' (1988), this large book is an unequalled source of information on aboriginal knowledge of the medicinal value of our native plants. Highly recommended.

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Podocarpus elatus (Illawarra plum)

Davidsonia pruriens (Davidson's plum)

Syzygium leuhmanii (Riberry)

Tasmannia insipida (Pepper bush)

and many more -

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Rainforest Seed Collective

Anything rainforest - wild, fresh seed, a 20pp magazine issued 4 times a year. Practical and up to date info on rainforest reafforestation, bushfoods propagation collection etc. Workshops and courses.

$20 pa ( 4 newsletters)

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Books, nurseries, government

departments, retail outlets, marketing firms, distributors, exporters...and more!

November 1997


60 Wattles of the Chinchilla and Murilla Shires, Grace Lithgow, through the Bushfoods Mail Order Bookshop

Gurindji Ethnobotany: Aboriginal Plant Use from Daguragu Northern Australia, Northern Territory, Botanical Bulletin No. 18. Conservation Commission of the Northern Territory, PO Box 496, Palmerston NT 0842.

Aussie Bee - Bulletin of the Australian Native Bee Reserach Centre: $26.5 pa (4 issues). ANBRC, PO Box 74, North Richmond, NSW 2754.

The Conservation Farmer, Newsletter of Conservation Farmers Inc. PO Box 1666 Toowoomba QLD 4350, Membership - $50 pa (includes newsletter)

Land Management Society Newsletter - from the Land Management Society, PO Box 242, Como, WA 6152. Personal membership - $50 pa (includes newsletter)

SEQ Forestry Network News - SEQ Foresty Network, C/- DPI Forests Industries Development, GPO Box 944, Brisbane 4001. Fax: 07 3234 1200. Free.

Net Sites...

Toona Essential Oils:

Bush Tucker Supplies:

Plant Breeders Rights:

F@rming Online:



Di's Agricultural Links:

Australian Agriculture online:

GreenNet Australia:

Online Global Garden:

Looking for Product... Dynamo House of Victoria is keen to source bushfood products for processing.

Call Stefan Mager on: (03) 9427 0955

. Fax: (03) 9428 8036

or write to Dynamo House,

4-10 Yorkshire St,

Richmond VIC 3121

Walkabout Foods Australia are suppliers and exporters of quality Australian native gourmet foods:

Native Herb Vinegars Mountain Pepper

Native Thyme Outback Seasoning Bush Tomato

Lilli Pilli Jam Wattleseed Toffee Sauce

- and more.

Ph/fax 08 8365 0074


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(Australian Rainforest Bushfoods Industry Association Inc.)

Secretary: Margaret A. Bailey

Ph: 066 799 152

Fax: 066 799 179

PO Box 147

Uki NSW 2484


$60 pa full voting member

$40 pa non-voting associate member

Newsletter (4 per year).

Queensland Bushfoods Cooperative

Secretary: Janelle Turner

27 Palm St


QLD 4552

Ph: 07 54 296 300

Southern Vales Bushfood

Michael Brandwood:

PO Box 344


SA 5157

Ph: 08 8383 6481

Rainforest Seed Collective

Co-ordinator: Yahana Treweeke

Private Mail Bag, Bellingen

NSW 2454

Ph: 066 552 233

$20 for 4 issues ($10 low income).

Bio-Dynamic Agriculture Association


Ph: (059) 667 370

Fax: (059) 667 339

Bio-Dynamic Farming & Gardening Assoc. in Aust Inc

PO Box 54 BELLINGEN NSW 2454 Phone: (066) 55-0404

Fax: (066) 55-0399

Biological Farmers of Australia


ACT 2601

Phone: (076) 393 299

Fax: (076) 393 755

Coffs Regional Organic Producers Ass.

PO Box 363, Coffs Harbour

NSW 2450

National Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Australia Ltd

PO Box 768 STIRLING SA 5152 Phone: (08) 370 8455

Fax: (08) 370 838

Organic Herb Growers of Australia Inc

P.O. Box 6171 SOUTH LISMORE NSW 2480. Phone: (066) 291 057

Tree Crops Centre

PO Box 27, Subiaco, WA 6008

Phone: (08) 9388 1965

Fax: (08) 9388 1852

Arid Land Growers Association

Graham Herde

Nectar Brooks Station via

Port Augusta

SA 5700

Ph: 086 347 077

Seed Savers Network



PO Box 975, Byron Bay

NSW 2481

Ph/fax: 066 856 624

Newsletter, seed exchange

Society for Growing Australian Plants


PO Box 586

Fortitude Valley

Qld 4006

Ordinary m'ship: $30 pa

Student: $22 pa

* Fraser Coast Essential Oils Association

Assists in the growing and distillation of Australian natives.

Ph: (071) 230 333

Fax: (071) 230 799

Society for Growing Australian Plants NSW

W. Payne:

860 Henry Lawson Dr

Picnic Point

NSW 2213

Publishes 'Australian Plants'

Ph: 02 2773 9866

Plant Breeders Rights

PO Box 858

Canberra ACT 2601

Ph: 02 6272 4228

Fax: 02 6272 3650

Quandong Industry Association

President: Daniel J. Matthews

PO Box 236

Upper Sturt

SA 5156

Southern Bushfood Association

Gil Freeman:

21 Smith St


Vic 3071

Ph: 03 9416 7150

Newsletter sub: $30 pa

The Acacia Study Group

The Acacia Study Group is one of over 30 such Groups whose aims are to further knowledge about the cultivation, propagation and conservation of specific Australian plants.

The Acacia Study Group has been in operation since 1961 and has been in continuous operation since 1971. Members of the Group are mainly keen amateurs with no formal horticultural or botanical knowledge, although a number of professionals in those fields also participate.

As in all study groups, the members' work is mainly carried out in their own homes and gardens and in their own spare time. Since the inception of the group around 100 newsletters have been issued documenting the reports from members into cultivation issues in various climatic zones, propagation methods and natural occurrences of different species.

A booklet called "Wattles are Golden" has been produced containing 180 extracts from the newsletters and covering members reports and theories on germination, soil mixes, name changes, pruning, pests, cuttings and much more. The booklet costs $AUS6.75 posted within Australia (additional postage elsewhere).

The group maintains an extensive Seed Bank and seed is available free to members.

Information: Society for Growing Australian Plants: PO Box 410, Padstow NSW 2211

Adelaide * Cairns * Alice Springs * Melbourne * Brisbane

Next Issue....

* Arid Lands and Aromats - a look at some of the species

found in the dry lands, plus our essential oil plants, culinary

aromats, spices and condiments.

* Muntari Wild Foods - a profile

* Tourists and Bushfoods

* More on Lilly Pillies

* Growsearch Australia

* Arnhem Bushtucker

* Native Hibsicus

and more...

Back Issues:

Articles from Issues 1, 2 and 3 are available as photocopies. Please use the enclosed form for a list - the first three issues will be reprinted early in the New Year if there is sufficient interest - please tick the box indicated on the enclosed form.

The Bushfoods Mail Order Bookshop Catalogue will absolutely, positively be out early in the New Year -

thanks for the interest. Sammy

Editorial contributions are welcomed. Opinions stated in this magazine are not necessarily those of the editor. While the editor has taken every care to verify information, no responsibility can be taken for the accuracy or timeliness of information in this magazine.

From the Editor

Choosing Acacia Species for Bushtucker

Harvest and Post Harvest

A walk In the Park

The Southern Bushfoods Association

Acacia ~ research, field trials and databases

Kangaroo Meat

Extracts from 'The Bushfoods Handbook' - Vic Cherikoff

Bush Foods in History Series 3 - honey from native bees

Notes: Acacia - John Mason

Wattles and Marathons

Tucker & Timber: Integrating Bushfoods

Bush food plants of western Queensland

Bunyas and the whole farm plan - John King

Products & People: Basically Wild Edible Art

Protecting New Bushfood Varieties

Profile: Oliver Carter: Mr Lilly Pilly

Book Reviews

DOOR Marketing

Tasting Australia





Indigenious Roasts

From the Bookshop

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