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Where can I taste the best Bush Tucker food in Australia?

Is there any good Mod Oz restaurants which has particulary incorporated native ingridients in the more "modern" aussie food?

Is there any place on the net where you can purchase bush tucker products like

Macadamia Nuts, Lilli-Pilli jelly, Native Spiceberries, Lemon Myrthle etcetra?

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Where are you thinking of visiting? Cities? Countryside?

There are restaurants that serve Emu steaks, crocodile salads, and the kangaroo steak is pretty easy to find. Do you have a thing for 'wild' meats?

As for macadamia nuts etc you'll find them in most supermarkets, grocers, chocolatiers etc. For the other stuff, check out www.maggiebeer.com.au they have an online shop for those sorts of things, although I'm not too sure about spice berries etc.

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For bush tucker spices/dried versions, I like Paddymelon. I also like Herbies. I haven't tried this place (Bush Tucker Shop) but it looks pretty good. I found this site, Cherikoff, too. Oh, and Beerenberg makes excellent jams, mustards, honey...

Best of luck!

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Is there any good Mod Oz restaurants which has particulary incorporated native ingridients in the more "modern" aussie food?

This part of your question seems to have gone unanswered so far... and I can't remember having seen a restaurant menu that attempted to use anything in the way of native herbs/spices/berries/etc. Lemon Myrtle might occasionally turn up in a dessert perhaps, but beyond that...?

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This summer I'm going to Darwin in the north you know! it's a city and then there's loooooads of bush..

I've been there before (thinking of going to queensland and the reef too)

I love the wild meat. So when I was there the first time I went for tasting every kind of "exotic" meat (i'm swedish) available; crocodile, 'roo, emu, water buffalo, camel, barramundi etcetra.. I even went for one of those Possum Kebabs which tasted more like mud than meat, unsurprisingly. It was disgusting!

Ok.. the spices and berries is the sort of thing I'm into.

Where are you thinking of visiting? Cities? Countryside?

There are restaurants that serve Emu steaks, crocodile salads, and the kangaroo steak is pretty easy to find. Do you have a thing for 'wild' meats?

As for macadamia nuts etc you'll find them in most supermarkets, grocers, chocolatiers etc. For the other stuff, check out www.maggiebeer.com.au they have an online shop for those sorts of things, although I'm not too sure about spice berries etc.

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there's the Red Ochre Restaurant in Adelaide that specialises in native foods done in a 'modern' way. native spices, berries, etc..

i ate there a few years ago, quite good..

for a more robust meal, there's a great place four hours out of Adelaide towards the flinders ranges called the Prairie Hotel, in Parachilna.. specialises in 'feral' food, i haven't eaten in the main dining room, but the front pub serves great burgers [kangaroo, emu, wallaby, quandong relish etc] and is just a great place to chill and relax before or after exploring the national park which is just next door..

both places use native ingredients as much as possible.. hope this helps some :)

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I even went for one of those Possum Kebabs which tasted more like mud than meat, unsurprisingly. It was disgusting!

At a Chinese restaurant (which shall remain nameless as I'm sure the serving of possum was illegal at the time), I ate a dish that supposedly contained possum. It was slow cooked in master stock in a clay pot. I only twigged that it was possum because the meat had a really unusually gamey flavour, and that there was several sections that looked like a curved tail. After asking my dad, he said that the meat was possum (although there was always the chance that he was pulling my leg).

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The whole thing about Bush tucker is that the industry has moved on to a more sophisticated cuisine offering. Sure, the origins of the species is Aboriginal food resources gathered in the wild but nowadays, more is plantation grown under organic growing methods. It has had to develop this way since my company, at least, does most of its business overseas.

If you want to keep up with happenings in the Australian native food industry, have a look at my blog at My Webpagehttp://cherikoff.blogspot.com and that of a colleague's at Benjamin's webpagewww.benjaminchristie.com

Introducing innovative Australian ingredients to creative chefs, cooks and foodies.

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The whole thing about Bush tucker is that the industry has moved on to a more sophisticated cuisine offering. Sure, the origins of the species is Aboriginal food resources gathered in the wild but nowadays, more is plantation grown under organic growing methods. It has had to develop this way since my company, at least, does most of its business overseas.

If you want to keep up with happenings in the Australian native food industry, have a look at my blog at My Webpagehttp://cherikoff.blogspot.com and that of a colleague's at Benjamin's webpagewww.benjaminchristie.com

Love your page and your companies produce.. I'm going to purchase some of your native spices I swear. Really interesting stuff.

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This week I have compiled a list of restaurants in Australia which serve bush tucker or native Australian ingredients on their menus.

I have tried to restrict the list contemporary styled restaurants.

Bush Tucker Restaurants

I look forward to any additions or comments.

Cheers

Benjamin

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