Forgotten Foods

Putting Australian native flavours back on the plate

Tales from Garden to Table

Are you curious about using bushfoods but don't know where to start? Are you struggling to keep up with the tomato harvest? Or are your zucchinis getting away from you? Then join us as we bring you tales from our garden with bushfood and other seasonal recipes, tips on harvesting and storing your produce and stories of our tears and laughter as we grow our nursery and garden into our patch of paradise.

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Austromyrtus dulcis - A tasty bush snack worthy of a place in any garden

Posted on 14 April, 2016 at 1:55 Comments comments (21)

By Claudia Green

Austromyrtus dulcis, commonly known as either Midyim or Midgen Berry, is one of those plants that really deserves a place in any garden and hopefully we will be seeing a lot more of it in the coming years. It is a lovely shrub with a variable growth habit, sometimes growing prostrate as a groundcover, other times as a sh...

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10 Native plants you never knew were edible

Posted on 29 January, 2016 at 0:05 Comments comments (1)

It really is amazing how many of our native plants offer something edible. The following list of common garden plants represents just a tiny proportion of native plants that have edible roots, fruit, leaves or seeds. 


  1. Brachychiton populneus or Kurrajong is a beautiful small tree that makes a great feature in the garden and, even more impressive is that the seeds can be roasted and eaten whole or ground into flour.
  2. Bursaria spinosa or Swe...
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Lemon Myrtle - a little tree with a big future

Posted on 17 August, 2015 at 3:00 Comments comments (0)

Lemon Myrtle – Backhousia citriodora – is undoubtedly one of the most versatile of bush food plants. Its lemon scented leaves can be used to flavour both sweet and savory dishes, they can be used fresh or dried and as an infusion for a subtly flavoured yet very refreshing herbal tea. In addition to its culinary prowess it is also very high in Vitamin E, calcium and folate. Its unique lemony scent is also finding its way into cosmetics, soaps, scented candles and laundry detergents...

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Wattle seed and Lemon Myrtle syrup cake

Posted on 19 May, 2015 at 0:30 Comments comments (0)


I made this cake for one of my Bushfood classes and it went down a treat. The wattle seed adds a unique nutty, slightly chocolatey flavour to the cake while the Lemon Myrtle adds a twist to the traditional lemon syrup.


100g plain flour

¾ tsp baking powder

¼ tsp bicarb soda

50g butter

125g caster sugar


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Pepino - a melon-flavoured garden gem

Posted on 8 May, 2015 at 2:00 Comments comments (0)

The humble Pepino (Solanum muricatum), is in the same family as the tomato. When trying to grow this in Belgrave I never had any luck as it just wasn't getting enough sun. This year in Kinglake is the first time I have had success with Pepino and I have discovered what a real garden gem it is.

In the right conditions Pepino is a dense, low shrub that grows to about 40cm high but spreads...

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