Cool-climate native produce plants These are lists compiled from a range of resources which list them as either from alpine/cool-climate regions, note they may be frost-tolerant when established, or have otherwise suggested they may be suitable for cold winters and hot summers. Unless explicitly specified otherwise, assume “frost-tolerant when established” rather than “requires frost to exist” and proceed accordingly. Some plants not listed here may also survive if well-protected; eg lemon myrtle, which is otherwise a tropical plant.
Sallow wattle, Silver wattle
Acacia floribunda, Acacia dealbata
Silver wattle recommended as replacement for Cootamundra wattle. See below for fuller listing of edible acacias.
Acacia longifolia var sophorae
Seeds in pods
Golden wattle, Green wattle
Acacia longifolia, Acacia decurrans
Acacia podralyfolia, Acacia retinoides
Be very certain about acacia variety being used; not all wattle seeds or pods are edible.
Seashores and edges of brackish water. Leaves must be blanched for 1min before use and water thrown away. Very young leaves may be eaten raw but test first.
Fringed violet, fringed lily
Thysanotus tuberrosus, T. patersonii
Tubers apparently crisp, juicy and almost flavourless.
A plant of rocky outcrops; unsure of frost tolerance.
Leaf, roots, pollen
List of edible acacias (not comprehensive):
List of Tasmannias (complete, I believe): T. lanceolata - Mountain pepperbush.
T. stipitata - Dorrigo pepper
T. insipida - Wild Lime calls “Dorrigo pepper”, which is incorrect.
T. xerophilia - Alpine or snow pepper. Wild Lime says is has leaves and berries hotter than the two more common ones.
T. purpurescens - Broad leaf pepperbush.
T. glaucifolia - Fragrant Pepperbush
T. membranea – Pepper Tree
Bibliography used to compile this list – not comprehensive! Merryn Carey and Peter Gow. Bushfood Plants for Cold Climates:
A guide to useful and edible Australian native plants for frosty places. South Coast Flora. http://www.southcoastflora.com.au/index.html (note: new edition expected out at the end of this year). List resourced from http://www.newcrops.uq.edu.au/newslett/ncnl1231.htm#BPFCC on 14.3.07
Juleigh Robins. Wild Lime. (out of print).
Low, Tim. 1991. Wild food plants of Australia. Angus & Robertson Publishers, Sydney, Australia.
Keith and Irene Smith. Grow your own Bushfoods. http://www.kingparrotvalleychalets.com.au/bushtucker.html