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Australian native spices are very unique. The flavours are very subtle but distinctive and complement each other in cooking. The spices are suitable for both sweet and savoury cooking and work well with most cooking styles. Australian native spices are a new addition of flavours to the world kitchen and a way to experience a taste of Australia.

Australian native plants have been used for thousands of years by Aboriginal people for a wide range of uses including medicinal purposes or as staple foods. With the recent rediscovery of the flavours of the Australian hot dry deserts and lush rainforests, the native plants have found their way into the modern kitchen for everybody to enjoy. The spices are not commonly available and mostly collected from the wild. This also means they are grown without the use of chemicals and have been gently hand harvested.

Australian bush food, bush tucker and native spices :: OZ Tukka

The bush tomato and wattle seed are traditional staple foods collected in Central Australia by the local aboriginal communities. The industry gives new incentives for traditional land management and opportunities to pass valuable knowledge from the older to the younger generation. It is mostly older women that collect the fruits and seeds in the company of grandchildren.

Lemon Myrtle

Lemon Myrtle (Backhousia Citriodora) is a medium size tree found in the coastal rain forests of North Eastern Australia. The leaves from the lemon myrtle tree are characterised by their strong lemon aroma. They contain essential oil with the world’s highest known concentration of citral (around 90-98%).

Lemon Myrtle (Backhousia Citriodora) :: Oz Tukka

Lemon myrtle is fast becoming famous for its incredible flavour. Demand for the leaves has paved the way for commercial production in Northern NSW and Queensland.

Mountain Pepper

Mountain Pepper (Tasmannia Lanceolata) is a small tree growing to around 5 metres and is found in South Eastern New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania.

Both the leaves and berries contain a compound called polygodial which gives them their characteristic hot taste. Most of the production of mountain pepper is from wild harvesting however commercial plantations are now emerging to keep up with demand.

Mountain Pepper (Tasmannia Lanceolata) - Tasmanian Pepper Berry :: Oz Tukka

Wattle Seed

Wattle Seed : Oz TukkaThere are over 700 species of wattle in Australia however only a few are considered edible. The Australian Aboriginals have been using wattle seed for thousands of years as a staple food source but these days it is more commonly used as a spice when roasted and ground. The production of wattle seed is from wild harvesting by aboriginal communities. Try our Wattle Seed Muffin Mix.

Native Mint

Native mint (prostanthera incisa) is a medium shrub native to North Eastern New South Wales, Australia.

Commonly grown as an ornamental garden plant with edible mauve coloured flowers, the leaves are now becoming popular as a cooking herb.


Macadamia Nut Oil

Macadamia nut oil is the oil from the Australian native macadamia nut. A tree nut native to the Northern New South Wales and Southern Queensland coastal region. Macadamia nut oil is a healthy alternative to other food oils with its high levels of monounsaturates. In fact higher in monounsaturates than olive oil. Oz Tukka macadamia nut oil is cold pressed, meaning it is the pure oil that comes out of the nut from pressing it without the aid of heat, chemicals or other additives. Because there is no excessive processing involved in the production, there is no presence of trans fatty acids either (unsaturated fat "acting" like saturated fat). It has high levels of monounsaturates (80-85%), it contains no cholesterol and has high levels of natural antioxidants. Oxidation of fats in the bloodstream increases the risk of heart attack or stroke. It has relative high levels of Palmitoleic Acid (17%) which is said to have a positive affect on cancer and tumours. Numerous studies have shown that monounsaturated fats can assist in lowering bad cholesterol (LDL) and increase good cholesterol (HDL). For further information on health benefits go to www.australian-macadamias.org.

Wild Pepper Macadamia Oil :: Oz Tukka

Bush Tomato

Bush Tomato :: Oz TukkaBush Tomato (Solanum Centrale) is a small shrub found in Central and Eastern Australia. A relative of the tomato and potato, this plant is a perennial and like many other Australian plants, thrives after bushfires. The fruit is left on the bush to dry before picking. The aboriginal tribes of Central and Eastern Australia have gathered these dried fruits for thousands of years relying on them as a staple food. Now used as a spice, most of the production is from wild harvesting by Aboriginal communities, though some commercial plantations are now emerging.

Testimonials

"I love cooking with Herbs and Spices, and have my own Herb garden.

Recently while holidaying on the NSW coast, I picked up a 5 pack of Herbs and Spices of Oz Tukka brand.

I first used the ground 'Wattle Seed' by adding it into a scone mix, and loved the outcome. I then used it in pancakes, and anything chocolaty. It has now become one of my favorite spices!

I coated chicken in 'Bush Tomato' and 'Pepper leaf', and cooked it with garlic and chopped tomatoes. What a beautiful dish that was. Yum, such a unique flavour. The pepper leaf has just the right amount of heat - not too much.

It's lovely on steak; the bush tomato is too.

I do believe I might try the 'Lemon Myrtle' in a cheese cake soon, and on fish as a savory dish too.

Your Herbs and spices will become a regular addition to our pantry.

Thank you for making/gathering such a great, wholly Australian product. You should be proud of yourselves.

I am wondering when you might have the Bush Tomato back in stock? As I will then make an order from your website.

Thanks once again"

Barb MacDonald (Received e-mail 30 January 2009)