The Most Wonderful Native Spices Used in Australian Cooking.

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The native spices of Australia are unique, the flavours are distinctive and complement each other and the dish alike. The spices are used in both sweet and savoury cooking and give exotic flavours.

The Aboriginal people have used these spices for a long time in Australia Cooking for making everyday dishes. The native spices also have a number of health benefits and can be used for treating minor ailments like common cold and stomach ailment. The spices are generally collected from the wild, which means they are hard to source in commercial quantities, making them highly prized here in Australia and increasingly around the world.

Australian Herbs And Spices That You Should Try

Some of the better known native spices and their uses have been listed below.

Lemon Myrtle

Lemon myrtle is enriched with a fresh, lemon-lime flavour and is a versatile herb. It can be used in the ground and dried form or fresh. It can be added to sauces, marinades, cakes, and sorbets.

Mountain Pepper

It grows to around 5m and can be seen growing in Victoria, Tasmania and South-Eastern New South Wales. It has a characteristic hot taste due to the presence of a compound called polygodial.

Wattle Seed

Although there are 700 species of wattle in Australia out of which only a few are edible. They have been used for thousands of years as a staple source of food by the Aboriginal people. These days, however, they are used as a ground and roasted spice.

Native Mint

A common ornamental plant, this shrub has edible mauve coloured flowers of which the leaves are also becoming popular in Australian cooking. Native mint grows in the North Eastern New South Wales Australia.

Macadamia Nut Oil

This oil comes from the native Australian macadamia nut, which is found in the Northern New South Wales and the coastal region of Southern Queensland. This oil has high amounts of mono-saturates and therefore is a healthy alternative to olive oil.

Bush Tomato

A distant relative of potato, this plant is perennial in nature. The fruit is left to dry on the bushes before it is picked. The Aboriginal tribes gathered these dried fruits for thousands of years and were used as a staple food. In modern times, it is used as a spice and gives an amazing flavour to Australian cooking.

Bush Cherries

These fruits have a pink blush, refreshing and versatile texture. You can eat them fresh or serve them in the form of fruit salad.

Fingers lime

Finger limes are cylindrical Australian citrus fruits. The fruits are stuffed with caviar pulp, which can be pink, golden or green. The colour depends on its variety. It tastes somewhere between grapefruit and Persian lime. You can use it in cake, spicy rub for seafood, oysters and salads.

We hope we have given you an incentive to explore the delightful native spices of Australia in your next dish.

  • Lemon Myrtle

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    Lemon Myrtle

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    Lemon Myrtle is a very popular citrus-fragranced spice that is native to the wetter coastal areas in the northern New South Wales and southern Queensland. It is distinguished by its fresh fragrance of creamy lemon and lime and has a very versatile lemony and tangy flavour. It complements many dishes like fish, chips, chicken, roast vegetables and ice cream or sorbet.

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  • Wattle Seed Ground

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    Wattle Seed Ground

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    Wattleseed is an Australian native spice. It has a nutty and woody flavour and coffee-like aroma. This versatile spice can be used to flavour desserts and meats maximizing the flavour in your cooking. Use in any dish where you want a hazelnut or coffee taste.

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  • Australian Native Rivermint

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    Australian Native Rivermint

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    Australian Native Mint, also known as ‘Wild Mint’, is a smaller, more delicate version of the more well-known garden-variety mint. This native herb is as versatile as it is aromatic; Indigenous Australians have used this marvellous herb for centuries as flavoursome bush food, natural insect repellant and medicinal herb. After harvesting the leaves, we have dried them to lock in the flavour and aroma; the snap-lock seal on our barrier-proof packets also ensures it retains its flavour for many uses to come. A true taste of the Australian bush!

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