Amla is a medium sized spreading tree with small delicate leaves and flowers. The tree is prized in Ayuvedic medicine which uses all parts of the tree in herbal preparations. The edible fruit ripens in Autumn, it is very high in vitamin C but very sour to taste, so it no wonder that one popular Indian recipe involves preserving the fruit in sugar syrup.
The Aniseed Myrtle tree is native to a remanent rainforests in north east NSW. Increasingly rare in the wild this handsome evergreen tree deserves to be planted in more gardens. When crushed the leaf of the aniseed myrtle has a distinct licorice scent and is growing in use as a spice in the food industry.
Enjoy your own home grown rasberries native to Australia. Bright red fruit, slightly larger than the exotic raspberries, ripen in autumn through to winter. This raspberry plant grows in an upright weeping fashion and can be trestled.
The Bay Tree has many qualities, with the edible leaf being a well known culinary herb. In the garden the plant has insect repellent qualities, acting as a guardian to nearby plants more susceptible to insect attack. Slow growing the tree will eventually reach heights in excess of 10 meters if left unpruned.
Depending on severity of coastal conditions this hardy shrub grows up to 5m and bears sweet red fruit that look like birds eyes.
The Beach Cherry is a slow growing tropical shrub that prefers moist well mulched conditions. The sweet juicy fruit is best eaten raw. Fruits from individual plants can vary in flavour however this remains our favourite bushfood.
Leaves are used in Vietnam as a wrap for meats and vegetables. The vine is hardy when grown in frost free conditions with moist soil underfoot.
The Black Apple tree is a valued tree. The fruit is a favoured ingredient in bushfood restaurants and the timber is sought after by cabinet makers. In the garden it is just beautiful to look at with its deep green shiny foliage.
A small rainforest tree that enjoys moist soil, wind and sun protection, and can tolerate heavy shade. The black shiny fruits are most edible when soft. The black plum is also referenced as having fire retardant properties, making it a worthy inclusion in your landscape design.
The tropical fruit tree starts to bear fruit after 4 years and fruit is edible once ripe. Fruit tastes mildly of chocolate only when perfectly ripe, hence its common name Chocolate Pudding Fruit. The tree grows well in most soil types, but does not tolerate prolonged drought or moderate to heavy frosts.
The Blue Agave is a drought hardy succulent well suited to water-wise gardens. Blue shaded leaves are long and fleshy tapering to a pointed spike at the end. The plant is native to Mexico and in ideal conditions can grow to a height of 2 meters. Commercially the Blue Agave is cultivated to make the alcoholic beverage Tequila.
Buttressed tree to 35m with open almost horizontal branches. Leaf edges are slightly serated and old leaves turn red before falling. The iridescent blue fruit is edible but sour to taste in raw form. It can be used in jams, pies or stewed in sugar to make puree. The silver-white truck is distinct and the timber is highly valued.
A wonderful fast growing evergreen shrub that grows to 50cm high by 100cm wide. The five petalled flowers are a vivid blue with white centres, blooming from summer through to autumn. It is happiest in a hot, sunny border where it is excellent at suppressing weeds and softening the edge of your garden bed. It also looks stunning cascading over a wall or in...
The Blue Tongue is a hardy shrub which is host to the rare butterfly Miskin's Blue. The large purple flowers come and go from Spring through to Autumn. The fruit is sweet and true to its name as it dyes the tongue.
Borage is a fast growing annual herb otherwise known as the Herb of Happiness. Both the flowers and leaves are edible and suitable for salads.
Bowen Mango trees produce sweet, delicious, high quality fruit. Trees start to produce fruit at around three years of age, and reach cropping maturity at around 7 years.
The Brazilian Cherry bears edible red cherry like fruit. Useful as a screening plant it can be hedged to size, or allowed to grow into a small tree which will slowly reach its natural height of around 7 meters. The leaves bring colour with the seasons as they change to red during winter, and glossy vibrant green during the summer rainy season.
This low growing perennial vegetable which is easy to maintain and provides a year round supply of spinach once established.
The Brush Cherry produces tangy and enjoyable fruit however it's mostly planted in gardens as a fast growing screen, and is well known for it's hardiness.
The bunya nut is truely worth feasting on. Nuts are eaten raw, roasted, fried or freshly ground into baking flour. The timber is just as valuable as Hoop Pine, but most would argue that the food value far outways any desire to cut it down for timber.
This handsome hardy tree is frost and drought tolerant. The large deep purple plum like fruit are most edible when they are soft and fully ripened.
Gold-orange bite sized fruit bursts in your mouth with a sweet tart flavour. Eat raw, add to fruit salads, or make a desert using numerous recipes on the web. Grey-green soft heart shaped foliage and papery husks encasing the fruit makes this a very pretty small shrub when grown in suitable conditions.
The starchy tubers from the cassava plant are a staple food for many people throughout the world. High in carbohydrates, cassava has been cultivated for thousands of years. Plants are grown from stem cuttings which quickly grow into a shrub whilst forming multiple tubers underground.
Water Chestnut is an aquatic rush-like plant which grows in full sun and thrives in soil covered with 10 – 30 cm of water. Erect, narrow, tube-shaped leaves shoot from an edible corm.