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Trends in the Hospitality Industry: Indigenous Food Ingedients

Year 12 Hospitality

Finding Resources in Accessit

Here are some books that you may find useful during your studies.  Search the Bennies catalogue Accessit for more, or browse the Non-fiction collection NFS...

Tucker Bush

ABC News

Top 10 Australian native foods you need in your kitchen


Cooking with Native Australian Food.

Sydney Wildflower Nursery

Bush Tucker Plants and their Uses

Gardening Australia


Five of the best Indigenous dining experiences in Australia.


Bush foods - or bush tucker - have been consumed for thousands of years in Australia, and it makes us unique in the world when it comes to cuisine. For most of the time humans have been consuming bush foods they have done so on a non-cultivated, non-commercial basis. In recent decades however, some of Australia's bush tucker is being harvested commercially and sold around the world.

Naturally growing foods in Australia are the least understood by non-indigenous people. A range of indigenous foods, their traditional uses and incorporation into modern cooking are explored. This program looks at a native garden and the range of products sold at markets and fairs, as well as a commercial scale operation.

Rulla-Kelly Mansell travels to Darwin with Larrakia men Daniel and Marlon Motlop for a light-hearted look at local food culture.

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ABC Splash

Did you know that you can mix the nectar from some native flowers with water to make a sweet drink? Explore the Royal Botanic Gardens of Sydney with Gardening Australia presenter Clarence Stockee, and discover plants used by Aboriginal people. Find out about some native Australian bush foods, such as Kurrajong seeds, and how to prepare them safely.

Learning from Les’ Bush Tucker Garden Totems • What is a totem? • What are Les’ totems • Where is Les’ country? Connections to Country • How does the Acacia tell us what is happening to the animals and plants on country? • How is everything connected? • How might this concept of connection to country be taught? • What are the many uses for the acacia? Plants • What are the uses for Dianella Longifolia (Lily)?

Steve takes a tour through Maalinup Aboriginal Gallery where he samples some delicious bush tucker delights that everyone can enjoy.

Google Scholar

Australian Indigenous Food Ingredients- Academic Articles 

Bush Tucker Garden

The Bush Tucker garden features plants native to the greater Sydney area, some of which were used in traditional food and medicine by the Darug and other Indigenous people. The garden is located at the eastern end of campus between Wally's Walk and building E7B, near the thermal storage tower.

Australian National Botanic Garden

ABC Splash

The topic Bush tucker features ABC educational resources and supports the teaching of Science as part of the Australian curriculum.

SBS Food


Before European settlers arrived in Australia, there was a thriving food culture, one that happily sustained the Aboriginal people for tens of thousands of years. However, that food culture, often referred to as bush tucker, has been largely ignored over the past 200 years.

Indigenous Australia

Bush Tucker Recipes

Bush tucker recipes for the Aussie table.

Atlas Obscura

The Lillipad Cafe is one of a handful of indigenous-owned cafes and eateries increasingly bringing native flavors into the Australian mainstream.


Whether by highlighting First Nations chefs or making use of ingredients cultivated for thousands of years, these establishments are putting the story of native cooking back in the spotlight.