5 Bush Foods For A Healthier You

While native fruits and nuts have been used by the indigenous cultures of Australia for centuries, the majority of us would be hard pressed to name a single one.

However, recent studies are now showing us that Australian Bush Tucker could be among the healthiest foods on the planet. Food Science Australia conducted a study on Australian native fruits which showed they have ‘exceptional’ levels of disease fighting anti-oxidants.

Ethical Trade Group are proud to be leading the charge on this ancient super foods, working closely with the indigenous community to grow, harvest and manufacture an amazing range of Bush Foods.

Over the next few months we will be introducing these 5 Bush Foods that are not only delicious, but are seriously packed with anti-oxidants.

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Quandong
The Quandong, or “wild peach” has long featured in Aboriginal mythology across the desert regions of Australia. These brightly coloured fruits have been a staple in the diet of the Pitjabtara peoples for over 50,00 years.
The health benefits of the Quandong include:
– Twice the Vitamin C of an orange
– A wonderful source of Vitamin E, folate and magnesium
– A valuable source of iron for vegetarians / vegans
– Contains Rutin, a strong antioxidant that can reduce the proliferation of free radicals. Rutin works with Vitamin C to strengthen capillaries, reduce dark circles under the eyes and strengthen the skin from the effects of aging

Native Illawarra Plums
Growing in several varieties, the Illawarra Plum, or Davidson Plum was traditional Bush Tucker for the rainforest Aboriginal peoples. This dark purple fruit with blood red flesh boasts a soft juicy pulp and is regarded as one of the most nutritionally powerful native Australian fruits.

Health Benefits
– Davidson plums are an excellent source or potassium
– A great source of Vitamin E and Zinc
– A unique dairy free source of calcium
– Packed with anti-oxidants, including anthocyanin, which is believed to improve memory function and fight against certain cancers.

Lemon Myrtle
The Lemon Myrtle is a native Australian shrub, whose leaves have been used for centuries by Aboriginal cultures for the powerful oil contained within the leaves. The leaves antimicrobial properties were released by chewing them or crushing them into a paste.

Health Benefits
– The most concentrated source of plant citral (>90%). Citral contains powerful antimicrobial and antifungal properties, which are even superior to those of terpene hydrocarbons found in the renowned tea tree oil.
– An exceptional vegan source of calcium
– A great source of anti-oxidants providing comprehensive protection from oxidative stress.

Finger Lime
Finger Limes are the fruit of a rare Australian rainforest tree and have been a valuable source of food and medicine for the Aboriginal peoples for thousands of years. The fruit was eaten for it’s delicious taste and the ability to fight off disease. The pulp of the Finger Lime was also used as an antiseptic on sores and boils.
When European settlers cleared bushland for farming, most of the Finger Lime trees were destroyed. Luckily, the tree survives in several isolated sub-tropical regions of Australia.

Health Benefits
– Finger Limes are loaded with folate, potassium and Vitamin E
– Each Lime contains three times the Vitamin C found in a mandarin
– The pink Finger Lime boats exceptionally high levels of Vitamin E, one of the most important anti-oxidants in human cell protection and disease prevention

 

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Wattleseed
Forming part of Aboriginal diets for more than 40,000 years, Wattleseed was traditionally ground and used as a type of flour. With the ability to survive harsh draught conditions, the Wattlleseed was an invaluable source of protein and carbohydrates for the indigenous peoples.

Health Benefits
– Wattleseed is an extremely rich source of both protein and carbohydrates
– The carbohydrates found in Wattleseed are low glycaemic , releasing sugars slowly and preventing insulin spikes within the body.
– Wattleseed contains high levels of potassium, zinc and iron.

Now that you know about the awesome power of Australia’s own super foods, why not add them into your daily diet. Keep a watch of our website for the latest Bush Food news and products.

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