Beautiful Bush Tucker in photos

I am alway fascinated by people’s relationship with plants,  their importance and their place in the native landscape, and yes I am a bit of an unashamed plant geek. The stories of  plants and their place is so important; not just for people, but as they are the basis of so many species’ existence. By…

Edible bush flowers- the colourful kapok

I just posted about the wonderful Kapok tree (Cochlospermum fraserii) which is in flower now. When I heard it was edible I put it in a pretty basic salad on a fishing trip. Since then I tried it in a very local salad using Snake beans grown in Humpty Doo (steamed and cooled), just hard…

Beauty and the Bush

At every time of the year our Top End landscapes hold treasures for the senses. At the moment there are some very common plants flowering prolifically and adding a splash of very different colours to the bush, also indicating the time in the year we are at (a mighty fine cool dry time) so can…

Top Ten of The Top End Bush Tuckers (plant based)

Just now it is an amazing time to be out and about in our native landscapes, which I have been doing over the last few weeks, with work and bushwalking. Our native plants are incredible and many are flowering after the last rains. Sadly I did not take my good camera walking, but nearer town…

Our native Grape!

So I am out and about in our beautiful landscapes and often feel lucky to be out surrounded by incredible plants and call it work! There are so many wonderful plants flowering and fruiting right now as the season changes- this includes the native grape- Ampelocissus acetosa. This vine shoots up as the wet season…

Our red bush apple- which isn’t an apple at all

Syzygium suborbiculare or Red Bush Apple in English, Bemburrtyak In Malak Malak, Gorokkorokkin in Waigaman, Mindilima in Larrakia, Migemininy in Nauiya and Jaruk in Jawoyn and I am sure it has many more names…  So this awesome coloured fruit is right now in our beautiful bush- to be more specific in open woodland, this fruit…

Bush Tucker (Cocky Apple) on toast

The Cocky Apple, also known as Wulngum (Malak Malak), Pindaylany (Matngala), Mangal or Pamkujji (Jawoyn) has a botanical name of Planchonia careya is in the family Lecythidaceae. It is a common understory plant found in our beautiful savannah or open woodland landscapes. It is a calendar plant and only fruits once a year- which is…

A Bush ‘Apricot’

Ok, so sometimes referred to as a bush apricot, due to its sweet orange flesh, this little beauty of a fruit is actually in Annonaceae- the family of custard apples, not apricots(which is Rosaceae). The botanical name of the fruit is  Meiogyne cylindrocarpa. This native rainforest plant is usually found in monsoon rainforest and riverine…

Toad legs- the new delicacy in feral food?

In the past the GULP team have discussed the various contents of the cook book that will emerge from this wonderful community based local food project.  We would like to set the book out to be produce focused and look at the ingredients that we grow, then from this the recipes are written, and include…

Bush Tucker (Super) smoothies

I recently wrote about the abundant Terminalia ferdinandiana, which is a wonderful commonly occurring tree in our Savanna woodland, that is fruiting right now. It is well known to contain really high amounts of vitamin C.  The Conservation Land Management Students, studying with Yvette at Greening Australia had been collecting the seed to save and propagate…

Super food in our back yard!

So the seasons are changing, and as the wet season nears its end, various bush tucker and other wonderful native plants start to fruit, putting their energies into reproduction ready for the dry spell. One of these amazing bush tucker fruits is Terminalia ferdinandiana. This is also known as Kakadu plum or Gubinge or Billy Goat plum…

A change of Season

Change is here, the full moon has just passed and today is equinox- the sun has passed the equator and is heading towards us, to pass over us at 90 degrees in a couple of months and then to our South. Well we have all felt this, over the last couple of weeks it has…