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Let your taste buds travel to a different time in a different place.
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Australian Wild celebrates flavors and places that renew and make you feel alive. Beautifully designed, Australian Wild is a small scale, ethically produced herbs, spices & teas to awake your senses. It is time to explore pre-Mesopotamian flavors. These flavorsome native foods & health enhancing compounds, praised by chefs and health experts, are brought to you by a small activist brand.  Let's keep it alive!

Good for environment. Dryland salinity occurs across large areas of Australia. It is considered a significant problem causing loss in farming land and this problem is expanding. There is now a recognised need to strategically replant many areas with native vegetation to restore soils and biodiversity. Animals such as birds and small mammals are known to use wattles as protection.

Good for health. Maybe here is an opportunity to improve all: our soils, our diets and our diversity. This may also be our chance to try pre-Mesopotamian era foods. Australian foods, such as native pepper, bush tomato and wattle seed, have sustained first nations of this continent for over 40000 years. With evidence of wattle being used in making of worlds first bread over 30,000 years ago. Research has found, that these foods are high in antioxidant compounds, vitamins and minerals, while also containing microelements important for genome health: magnesium, zinc and calcium (Koczak, 2009). 

Super tasty. Even more amazing discovery is that wattle seed makes delicious coffees, yoghurts, creams and desserts, like this cake, as well as the most delightful porridge.

"Gosh that wattleseed is awesome stuff eh?! Yum"

- Emma Galloway, former chef, author of food blog My Darling Lemon Thyme, winner of Best Food Blog Award and a fabulous person.

Glutein-free raw chocolate tart, spiked with Australian Wild wattle seed from Emma's book.
Glutein-free raw chocolate tart, spiked with Australian Wild wattle seed from Emma's book.

"Uniquely Australian, roasted ground Wattleseed has a diverse number of uses in the kitchen; from baking, to thickening of sauces and casseroles, to flavouring ice cream. By dark-roasting Wattleseed, the most delightful aroma of nutty fresh roasted coffee is released and makes it a tasty addition to chocolate desserts, like this chocolate and zucchini cake."

- Joanne Feehan, author of Second Helping, a deliciously stylish online magazine that celebrates food, drink and the art of consumption.

Chocolate zucchini + wattle seed cake
Chocolate zucchini + wattle seed cake

We've started a small batch native foods project on kickstarter called Australian Wild. With rapidly shrinking food diversity, maybe it is possible to travel time & space through taste for a mutual win? It is definitely worth a try.

Apple Pear Wattle Seed Cobbler by Urvashi of Go Bake Yourself
Apple Pear Wattle Seed Cobbler by Urvashi of Go Bake Yourself
Soup with Australian Wild native spice and Wattle seed damper by Trish of Ink & Cleaver
Soup with Australian Wild native spice and Wattle seed damper by Trish of Ink & Cleaver
Simple and wholesome Wattle seed damper by extrodinaire Trish of Ink & Cleaver
Simple and wholesome Wattle seed damper by extrodinaire Trish of Ink & Cleaver

Wattle Seed. Ground and roasted seed a delightful aroma of fresh nutty roasted coffee and can be used as a beverage or as an addition to chocolate or desserts. Wattle seed provides selenium, which is necessary for antioxidant enzymes to function and can be a source of this essential mineral. Here is a recipe for a delicious Chocolate Zucchini Wattle Seed Cake, Wattle Seed damper, Apple Pear Wattle Seed Cobber, as well as a guideline for the loveliest porridge in the world.

Native Spice. It is a zesty mix of ground Bush Tomato and Native Pepper Berry. Great for mains, salads and sauces. The Bush Tomato has a  distinct savory taste, whilst Pepper Berry bring a piquant herbal tone. Mountain pepper plants feature heavily in traditional indigenous uses for both cooking and medicinal purposes. Pepper Berry has anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-oxidant properties. Bush Tomato provides Selenium, which is necessary for antioxidant enzymes to function.

"The native spice made the salt and pepper chop seem quite boring" Kimberley of Fruit, Salad & Mixed Veg

Lemon Myrtle Herb. A beautiful Australian shrub naturally occurring in wetter coastal areas of northern NSW and southern Queensland. A most versatile and refreshing herb that greatly compliments dishes with fish and chicken, as well as desserts such as ice cream and sorbet. Indigenous Australians have long used lemon myrtle, both in cuisine and as a healing plant. Lemon Myrtle is high in lutein. Lutein plays an important role in eye health. It improves visual function and symptoms in atrophic age-related macular degeneration. Lutein protects the retina from damage by inhibiting inflammation.

Lemon Myrtle Cheesecakes on a Chocolate base (click on the photo to go to the recipe)
Lemon Myrtle Cheesecakes on a Chocolate base (click on the photo to go to the recipe)

Saltbush is a familiar sight over large areas of the dry inland of Australia. It is a sprawling grey/blue shrub up to three metres in height, sometimes spreading to five metres wide. Dried saltbush flakes are a wonderful addition to bread, grills & pasta, or as a potted herb.

Native pepper berry plant is naturally found in the cold high country in Southern NSW, Victoria and Tasmania.  It has small cream waxy flowers that develop into dark charcoal brown pepper berries, only borne by female plants. Although pepperberry can be used in the same way as conventional pepper, it has an added herbal dimension, especially towards the end of the palette. The dark pepper berries also infuse a rich plum colour to sauces. 

Vicky Lauren Photography
Vicky Lauren Photography

Series of canapes that helped to tell the story of climate change across Australia, China and the Philippines at the exhibition "The Story of Our Planet Unfolds" for Climate Institute, by the team at Dan The Man Cooking. All with Australian Wild Pepper Berries.

 Rainforest Tea. A pesticide free tea, grown in North Queensland blended with Lemon Myrtle. It has a summery flavour with citrus and lemongrass tones. Great both hot or iced.

Blackburn Tea. From the heart of the Rainforest area in North Queensland comes a tea with a lively aroma. Cultivated  without any pesticides and high in antioxidants.

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We are raising funds to help us order labels & jars. Any extra funds will be used to develop our website, including more insights into the Australian Wilderness, as well as promoting the idea that the wild is a treasure worth keeping indefinitely. Crazy, right?

Instead of having extended choices between products, we are facing a monopoly that actually shrinks our choice by making us select between competing brand of the same products, providing illusion of choice. There is more to life then this! And it has more flavor too! We need to learn to re-connect to the wild and appreciate our forests and diversity without destroying it. It is important to be  able to co-exist in a way that provides habitat to wildlife and is good for human health. Hence the need to create an activist brand. We call on you to remember the wild and to delight your senses in it!

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Risks and challenges

Seasonality of plants is a risk and for that reason we included only plants we have guaranteed supply of.

We have also done the design, stocked up on packaging with the last remaining element of printed labels to be done. We have an experienced supplier lined up.

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    THANK YOU! We are sending our furriest hug with wildest gratitude!

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    Australian Wild Savory Cooking Taste Selection:

    Native Spice (a fine blend of native Bush Tomato and native Pepper Beery) + Old Man Salt Bush

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    Australian Wild Sweet Cooking Taste Selection:

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    EMU Poo. No kidding.

    Many Australian native plants germinate thanks to Emus. Just plant the poo in a planter box and wait for a native fruit & berry plants to grow!

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    EARLY BIRDS Help us get started, let your kitchen be wild with:

    Native Pepper Berry Taste Satchel + Wattle Seed Medium Jar + Lemon Myrtle Medium Jar

    Great value!

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    Australian Wild Native Pepper Berry Taste Satchel + Wattle Seed Medium Jar + Lemon Myrtle Medium Jar

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    SAVORY DISTRIBUTOR PACK:

    10 x Native Pepper Berry + 10 x Old Man Salt Bush + 5 x Native Spice

    25 Satchels!

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    SWEET DISTRIBUTOR PACK:

    15 x Lemon Myrtle + 15 x Wattle Seed

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    WILD CHEF BATCH:

    Delicious Rainforest Tea + Native Spice + Native Pepper Berry + Lemon Myrtle + Wattle Seed

    5 Medium Jars!

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    AUSTRALIAN WILD DISTRIBUTOR PACK:

    10 of each - Blackburn Tea + Rainforest Tea + Native Pepper Berry + Salt Bush+ Native Spice + Wattle Seed + Lemon Myrtle

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