Australian Bushfoods magazine Issue 7, May-Jun 1998

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Cornucopia Nursery

Another nursery seeing the wisdom of supplying bushfood plants is the Cornucopia Nursery in Mullumbimby, NSW. Although a small nursery, it has a good range of the usual general nursery lines, fruit trees, organic vege seedlings, etc. However, owner Peter Monatt is making a real effort to concentrate on bushfoods, saying he can usually obtain any desired plant he doesn't presently carry.

Current stock (availability may vary during the year):

Acmena smithi Lilly pilly

Acronychia acidula Lemon aspen

Aleurites moluccana Candle nut

Alpinia caerula Native ginger

Araucaria bidwillii Bunya

Athertonia diversifolia Atherton oak

Austromyrtus dulcis Midyim berry

Backhousia anisata Ringwood

B.citriodora Lemon myrtle

Brachyiton acerifolius Flame tree

B. populeneus Kurrajong

Davidsonia pruriens jerseyana Ddavidsons plum

Dimocarpus australianus Native lychee

Diploglottis sp Native tamarind

Eugenia reinwardtiana Cedar bay cherry

Ficus sp Native fig

Ipomea aquatica Kang kong

Macadamia sp Macadamia nut

Microcitrus australsica Finger lime

Nelumbo nucifera Sacred lotus

Piper novae-hollaniae Native pepper vine

Pleiogynium timorense - Burdekin plum

Podocarpus elatus Pplum pine

Rubus fraxinifolius atherton raspberry

Sterculia quadrifida Peanut tree

Syzygium alatoramulum

S. cryptophlebium Plum satinash

S. erythrocalyx

S. leuhmanni Riberry

S. moorei

S. coolamon

S. paniculatum Bbrush cherry

S. paniculatum Dwarf bush cherry

S. wilsonii Powder puff lilly pilly

Tetragonia tetragonoides Warrigal greens

Located at:

55 Station St, Mullumbimby 2482.

They also will take inquiries at:

web site:


Research Request:

Hi -

My name is Tony Page and I am an active member of the Southern Bushfoods Association and an honours student at Burnley College. I have been interested in bushfoods for some time and I am currently undertaking a genetic study into Kunzea pomifera (Muntries); to determine its diversity, between and within populations.

The SBA committee is interested in this study and encourages further investigation. Preliminary tests have shown promising results and I now require access to plant material from a variety of populations.

If you have any plant material or know of specific locations, I would appreciate it if you could contact me on (03) 9725 6985 to discuss the subject in more detail. You may also contact me send at:

9 Mountfield Rd, Kilsyth Vic 3137.

Tony Page

Do you want to learn more about our beautiful Australian flora?

Join the Society for Growing Australian Plants (S.G.A.P.)

for membership enquiries:

Mrs Cherree Densley

9390 Princes H'way

Killarney 3282 (03) 5568 7226

New Native Plant Database for Central Qld

A lack of information on native plant seed technology (e.g. seed germination and storage requirements) and unavailability of guidelines on `what species to grow where' in Central Queensland is being addressed through a project headed by Dr N. Ashwath. Landcare groups, field biologists, nursery operators and other native plant enthusiasts have some understanding of the characteristics and uses of native plants. However, most of this information is not readily accessible to new users as it is scattered between many people and is not published.

This NHT funded project aims to collate information on native plants with the intention of making this information easily and publicly available to user groups. The project also aims to investigate methods of seed treatment to break dormancy, test tissue culture methods for propagating plants that are difficult

to raise via seeds, and provide technical guidance to landcare groups. Information will be gathered on native plants via literature search, organising workshops, discussion with experts and field visits. The data collection will include, growth attributes, economical uses, stress tolerance, and seed collection, storage and germination attributes.

Seed material will be acquired from the collaborators (e.g. community groups, national parks rangers, botanical gardens and the industries) and other sources. A specific seed collection program will be initiated to gather seeds of selected species and those that are unable to be obtained from other sources. Seed testing and storage (cool room) facilities will be established at Central Qld University. CQU glasshouse, mist chambers and tissue culture facilities will be used for vegetative propagation.

While seed germination trials are carried out for a wide range of species, tissue culture trials will be limited to selected species only.

Species that have potential use in revegetation programs, the species for which little/no data are available at existing databases and those having high conservation values will be given priority in these investigations. Small quantities of seed will be distributed to landcare groups and interested parties for trial or demonstration purposes. Later stages of the project will concentrate on extension activities.

This will include preparation of leaflets, organising workshops and trainings and providing on-site advise to landcare groups, possibly via extension workers. The database will also be made available for wider distribution (e.g. World Wide Web).

Native Plant Seedbank and Database

The Central Queensland University (CQU) has commenced a project to develop a native plant seedbank and database for Central Queensland region, under the auspices of NHT's Bush Care program. The CQU researchers would like to hear from Landcare groups, nurserymen or anyone with information to share and also to duscuss any difficulties associated with growing native plants. If you have any information on native plants that you wish to share with the others, or have experienced any difficulties in germinating or storing native plant seed, please feel free to contact either the project leader:

Dr N. Ashwath (`Ashwa')

Ph: 0749 309 595 or the research officer, Ms B. Heard (`Bindy') Ph: 0749 309 596

Dr Nanjappa Ashwath

Lecturer in Plant Sciences, Primary Industries Research Centre, School of Biological & Environmental Sciences Central Queensland University


Fax: 0749 309 209. Email:


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Send details to:

Australian Bushfoods magazine

38 Mountain View Rd

Maleny Qld 4552

Ph: 07 5494 3 812 Fax: 07 5494 3506



(Australian Rainforest Bushfoods Industry Association Inc.)

Secretary: Margaret A. Bailey

Ph: 0266 799 152

Fax: 0266 799 179

PO Box 147

Uki NSW 2484

Membership: $60 pa full voting member

$40 pa non-voting associate member

Newsletter (4 per year).

Queensland Bushfood Cooperative Ltd

Secretary: David Cooke

PO Box 358

Beerwah Qld 4519

Ph: 07 54 946 037

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).

Aridland Growers Association Inc

Graham Herde

Nectar Brooks Station via Port Augusta

SA 5700

Ph: 08 8634 7 077

Bio-Dynamic Agriculture Association


Ph: 03 5966 7 333

Fax: 03 5966 7433

Bio-Dynamic Farming & Gardening Assoc. in Aust

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

Seed Savers Network

Contact: Dierdre

PO Box 975, Byron Bay

NSW 2481

Ph/fax: 066 856 624

Newsletter, seed exchange

Australian Native Bee Research Centre

Promotes the preservation and enjoyment of Australian native bees. Publishes 'Aussie Bee'.

PO Box 74

North Richmond, NSW 2754

Fax: 02 4576 1196


Society for Growing Australian Plants Queensland:

PO Box 586

Fortitude Valley

Qld 4006

Ordinary m'ship: $30 pa

Student: $22 pa

Society for Growing Australian Plants NSW

W. Payne:

860 Henry Lawson Dr

Picnic Point

NSW 2213

Publishes 'Australian Plants'

Ph: 02 2773 9866

Australian Quandong IndustryAssociation Inc

President: Graham Herde

PO Box 236

Upper Sturt, SA 5156

Ph/Fax: 088 634 7077

Fraser Coast Essential Oils Association

PO Box 26

Maryborough QLD 4650

Dennis Archer

Assists in the growing and distillation of Australian natives.

Ph: 07 4121 4588

Fax: 07 4121 4566

South East Sustainable Bushfood Industry Group

Secretary: Terence Carpenter

443 Kameruka Lane

Candelo NSW 2550

Ph: 02 6493 2227

Southern Bushfood Association

Gil Freeman:

21 Smith St


Vic 3071

Ph: 03 9416 7150

Newsletter sub: $30 pa

Plant Breeders Rights

PO Box 858

Canberra ACT 2601

Ph: 02 6272 4228

Fax: 02 6272 3650


Most titles are available through the Bushfood Mail Order Bookshop


New Crops DOOR-Marketing - Do Our Own Marketing Research, compiled by Rob Fletcher, School of Land and Food, Uni of Qld, Gatton, 1998 (153pp)

Australian Native Plants - Horticulture & Uses - K. Johnsson & M Burdett. UNSW Press

Common Australian Fungi - T. Young, UNSW Press

A Key to Useful Australian Acacias for the Seasonally Dry Tropics, BR Maslin & MW McDonald, CSIRO Publishing

A Taste of Australia, Joy Ross, 5 Mile Press,Melbourne

Edible Wattle Seeds of Southern Australia, AReview of Species for Use in Semi-Arid Regions, BR Maslin, LAJ Thomson, MW McDonald & S Hamilton-Brown, CSIRO Publishing. 1998

Traditional Aboriginal Medicines in the Northern Territory of Australia, Aboriginal Communities of the Northern Territory, Conservation Commission of the Northern Territory, 1993.

Net Sites...

Review of book 'Australian Dry-zone Acacias for Human Food' (A.P.N House & C.E Harwood (Eds)):

Useful plant products - Quandong:


Wild Lime:

Greening Australia nursery listing:

Australian foods from the bush:

Blue Gum Fine Foods:

Bush Tucker Supply Recipes:

Tasting Australia:

Taste of the Bush:

Food Values and Australian Bush Foods:

Production of bushfoods:

The Australian New Crops Home Page:

Bush Food Plants for Northern NSW:

Methods of growing bushfoods:

Next Issue....

The dichotomy of bushfoods ~

~ black fella/white fella

~ Old crop/new crop

~ Gourmet/rustic

~ Elite/accessible

~ Plus - Back to the Rainforest

* Raspberries, Figs, Warrigal greens, Midyims, Limes

* Drying, freezing and shipping

* Backyard bushfoods - doing it small

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.



The Quandong

From the Editor



The Lilly Pilly

The Sandalwood Nut

Gourmet Stomachs

The Bunya Consortium

Bringing Native Bees back to suburbia

What is a bushfood?

Profile: jean Paul Bruneteau

A total bushfood dinner

Provisional Fruit Standards - AQIA

Essential Oil news



Book reviews

From the papers

Cornucopia Nursery

Research Request

Society for Growing Australian Plants

New Native Plant Database

Native Plant Seedbank and Database



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