Australian Native Food Harvest: a guide for the passionate cook and gardener
Find inspiration to create your own native food kitchen garden and experience the unique culinary flavours of Australia’s native food plants.
They taste great, have amazing health benefits, and grow beautifully in our backyards—so why aren’t we growing and consuming more native Australian edible plants?
Julie Weatherhead, an environmental scientist and ecologist from West Gippsland, Victoria, hopes to change that. In her newly released book, Australian Native Food Harvest: a guide for the passionate cook and gardener, she provides practical advice for growing, harvesting, and using Australian native plants in the garden and kitchen, whilst exploring Australia’s lost opportunities to fully appreciate the wealth of traditional knowledge in relation to the uses of its native plants.
Australian Native Food Harvest is inspired by Julie’s experiences in growing and using Australian native plants over twenty years at her farm in Victoria, Peppermint Ridge. These experiences have enabled her to identify the tastiest native food plants that will thrive in Australian climates. The book includes comprehensive and detailed information on 31 native food plants selected for sub-tropical, temperate and cool climate areas. Drawing on her education in permaculture and her own experience developing native food gardens, Julie also provides inspiration and useful tips to help you design your own attractive, sustainable native garden that can provide habitat for native wildlife, featuring plants that can survive without much maintenance and taste great in the kitchen.
Over 60 easy-to-follow recipes featuring native Australian flavours to use at home are included in the book as well. The recipes are a culmination of years of experimenting with the flavours and textures of the plants and demonstrate how easy it is to incorporate them into your diet everyday.
Australian Native Food Harvest: A Guide for the Passionate Cook and Gardener is now available online for $29.95 from peppermintridgefarm.com.au
Media Contact: Julie Weatherhead (03) 5942 8580