Are you intrigued by the range of indigenous spices and herbs? Are eager to explore cooking with bush food? Then wattleseed is a great place to start. Think of it as a natural, nutritious, and delicious way to cook. Native Australians have been using the gums, seeds, roots, and bark of wattle trees since many millennia. They have used it for both food and medicinal purposes.
From soothing itchy skin to treating cold and headaches, wattleseeds are a powerhouse of essential nutrients. These seeds are often ground and roasted and are increasingly available today. Owing to a nutty flavour and an array of health benefits, wattleseeds make an excellent addition to both sweet and savoury dishes. Wattleseeds are also low in GI and high on proteins. They contain minerals like zinc and magnesium in plenty as well.
Cooking with Wattle Seed
Wattle seeds are one of the iconic bush foods that is used in everything from bread to pavlova. Use it to flavour sweet dishes like sorbet, ice-creams, yoghurt, mousse, whipped cream, and cheesecakes. Wattle seeds make your pancake delicious and can even get along well with bread. These delicious wattle seed recipes are made by infusing the ground wattleseed with liquid ingredients – preferably heated or boiling.
Wattle seed compliments lamb, chicken, and fish. You can make delicious recipes by combining ground wattle seed with a pinch of lemon myrtle leaf, ground coriander seed, and some salt to taste. Sprinkle this over your food before cooking and then barbeque, grill, or pan-fry the meat. The salmon steaks taste particularly good when you use this cooking method. Here are some more cooking ideas for wattle seed.
- Trying to make your own bread? You can substitute some of the wheat flour with 3 percent wattle seed and five percent chickpea or beasn flour.
- Mix the wattle seed with polenta, cracked buckwheat, or crushed macadamia nuts as a coating or crusting agent
- You can add wattle seeds to lentil spreads, casseroles, and meatloaf for a roasted, nutty flavour.
- Try a mushroom, baked sweet potato, and wattles seed pilaf or risotto
- Replace about three percent of your flour used for baking – banana bread, muffins, or other baked items.
- Use wattle seed extract in smoothies, juices, and frappes
- Boil wattle seeds in water and store this mixture in the refrigerator. Add a dash of this liquid to porridge, muesli, and breakfast cereals.
Wattle Seed for Nutrition and Medicine
The nutritional profile of wattle seeds shows that they are high on the variable, polyunsaturated fat content, and complex carbohydrates. Wattle seed recipes exhibit a lower glycaemic response. This means that wattle seeds are highly nutritious and are recommended as a part of a mixed diet for maintaining a low carbohydrate level. They also have antioxidant properties and help you keep a healthy heart.
Wattle seeds make a great inclusion in your every day diet. These amazing seeds are beneficial to your health and have a myriad of uses. Make your recipes ultra-delicious with these indigenous Australian seeds.