© M. Fagg, Australian National Botanic Gardens
Australian Blacklip Abalone
Australian Aboriginals have been eating and enjoying abalone for thousands of years. The evidence is found in 'middens’. Middens are mounds or deposits containing shells, animal bones, and other refuse that indicates the site of a human settlement.
According to NSW National Parks, the middens at Murramarang Point in the area of Bawley Point dates back to the Pleistocene period (about 10,000 years ago). A range of well preserved shells has been found in these middens.
Sometimes abalone were cooked on a hot rock. Archaeologists speculate it could have been boiled, using the natural potholes in the rock and a very large rock heated in a fire and dropped into the hole.
Research suggests Aboriginal women were diving for abalone partly because examination of skeletons showed evidence of divers ear.
We don’t know how else aboriginals prepared
abalone so we have used our imagination to produce a style which uses Bush Foods which are unique
Lemon Myrtle is a native Australian Tree. Lemon myrtle leaves contain the highest
amount of citral (>90%) of any plant known in the world and its flavour and aroma show
refreshingly intense citrus notes, often described as lemonier than lemon.
Tasmannia lanceolate, is a native shrub usually growing up 2 metres in height. The leaves, stems and berries have an aromatic peppery taste, producing approximately 3 times the anti-oxidants of blueberries. More versatile than conventional peppercorn, the Pepperberry is able to be used in both sweet and savoury dishes.
The Bush Tomato, solanum centrale, is a small desert plant, approximately 30cm in height, growing naturally throughout the central deserts of the Northern Territory and South Australia. With grey to bronze leaves and attractive mauve/blue flowers, this has been a stable food for thousands of years to Indigenous desert dwellers of Central Australia. There are over 100 species of wild tomatoes in Australia, however only six are known to be editable. The Bush Tomato is also known as Kutjera or Desert Raisins, and is arguably the most consumed species of the “Bush Tomato”.