It is ironic isn’t it that we import so many different super foods to Australia when we already have an abundance of them right here at home in our own backyard? At Wildman Wilderness Lodge we shy away from imports, instead, blending sometimes little known Australian gems into our everyday dining to not only make for delicious flavours but also nutritious food options.
You can wake up in the morning after a night at Wildman, not only charged by the smells of the outback, the beauty of your surrounds but also invigorated by our own Australian super foods.
Some of the local flavours we incorporate into our menu include:
- Lemon Myrtle – whilst not acidic as you may assume, this citrus scented plant is a powerful antioxidant and can also act as an antiseptic. We use lemon myrtle in our mayonnaise, salad dressings and lemon myrtle billy tea.
- Wattleseed – this nutty flavoured seed with subtle hazelnut and chocolate undertones is an excellent source of calcium, iron, magnesium, selenium and zinc. As a gluten free option, we use wattleseed in muffins and bread.
- Bush Tomato – this small plant grows in the desert areas of Australia and has a flavour and texture that is quite different to the regular tomato we consume in daily life. The rich, caramel and tamarillo flavour of the bush tomato, is a great source of selenium, potassium, iron and vitamin C. Being a strong flavour it goes well with game meats and you can find our bush tomato relish with the Kakadu platter, which includes kangaroo and buffalo meat.
- Pepperberry – this surprising little superfood has 3 times the antioxidants of blueberries. Its mild fruity pepper flavour goes well when ground with lemon myrtle and can be used as a seasoning for fish, chicken and vegetables. At Wildman we make a pepper berry jus to accompany the beef, as it gives a rich plum pepper flavour.
- Finger Limes – also know as lime caviar, finger limes are rich in folate, potassium and Vitamin E and have 3 times the Vitamin C of a mandarin. You can find this citrus flavoured gem in our beurre blanc sauce just for a bit of zing!
Enjoy the scenery and tastes at Wildman in the midst of the Mary River National Park, one of Australia’s last frontiers of unique and unspoilt bushland. For more on dining at Wildman, check out the following link. If you would like to take home some of our flavours of the outback, please check out our shop at the lodge, where you will find jams, conserves and bush spices.