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"
"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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Curious to see what you will get for pledging? Knock yourself out, there's plenty of options for every budget! You don't need to pledge a lot to get a real taste of Australian Wild!
Australian Wild. Keep It Alive!
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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