A local bush food and ground cover plant, thorny but versatile. The fruit is sweet and pleasant flavoured when grown with good soil moisture, fruits ripen in winter in Eastern Australia.
Fibrous Satin ash
With just a single seed, the fruit is flattened and globular in shape with just about 2 cm wide. Giving a sour taste, the fruit is used in making jams and confectionary.
This slender tree is crowned with large velvety leaves when young. The fruit of Native Tamarind is yellow-brown and hairy. The flesh is a yellow-orange colour, is sour but pleasant, and has been used in making jams. Bird attracting.
Small leaved Tamarind
This small evergreen tree can be expected to reach 7-8m in an open garden environment providing a beautiful rich green spreading crown. As a mature tree will capture the eye with its interesting fruit from which the bright red-coated seeds emerge.
Native finger lime
Odd shaped fruits with caviar-like fruit within.
An outstanding small tree that prefers warm conditions and some shade. Striking edible purple fruits that make excellent jam.
Cape York Lily/Tumeric
A beautiful native turmeric the rhizomes of which are eaten roasted by Aboriginals. Grows to 2m, yellow flowers with striking pink bracts.
This is a hybrid species of lilly pilly, it has pale pink flowers followed by yummy pale pink fruits. Excellent for Hedges
This is a close relative of the Mango. The deep purple fleshy plum-like fruits need to be held for some days to soften and mellow. Early settlers (probably taught by the Aborigines) were known to bury them in the ground which had the effect of softening them and increasing palatability. The fruit can be eaten raw, or used in wines, jams and jellies
A tall tree with a fluted trunk and bushfood potential. This tree produces a small apple-sized fruit that is eaten by rainforest mammals. The edible flesh is a rich red, with a delicate, slightly sweet flavour. 28m
It is a spectacular ornamental tree due to both its appearance and the superb fragrance of its flowers and leaves. The leaves and flowers are used in sweet and savoury dishes or as a refreshing tea. However as boiling or baking often reduces the flavour.
A hardy spreading shrub with arching branches of green foliage and coppery new growth. It has masses of fluffy white flowers in late spring and early summer. The edible grey-white berries are delicious and are produced in autumn. At its best in a full sun to part shade spot, in moist but well drained soil.
Lemon Aspen or White Aspen
Small to medium sized rainforest tree bearing aromatic and acidic fruit used in the bushfood industry. Lemon aspen fruit has a grapefruit and lime like flavour, and is popular in beverages, sauces and confectionery.
Attractive aromatic shrub growing 2- 5 m high, it has attractive red stems. Plants are male or female with the small black berries ripening in the autumn. The leaf and berry are both dried and used as a spice. The berries are sweet first at first with a peppery aftertaste.
Rose Myrtle-needs shade
This shrub has a graceful weeping habit with aromatic leaves and smothered with delicate, perfumed pink flowers. Attractive to nectar and fruit eating birds. Very hardy growing in less fertile sites and in part shade.
Pink or white flowers above glossy arching fronds. Shade. Edible base stems.
Groundcover for shade with blue flowers. Used in tea.
First edible plant used by Captain Cook. Used in soups and salads. Strong parsley or celery flavour.