Develop your ability to identify, select and develop processing procedures for a variety of bush food plants. This course is ideal for anyone interested in bush tucker – whether you’re a gardener wanting to create an edible garden or a chef wishing to enhance your menu!
Introduction to Bush Tucker Plants a professional development program that will help you to identify, cultivate, harvest and use bush tucker plants.
In this bush tucker plants course, you will learn about the different types of edible Australian plants, including nuts, seeds, vegetables, plants – and discover ways to use them in meals, as flavourings or in beverages.
You will also gain knowledge on the best ways to prepare bush tucker plants, as well as an awareness of foods that might be used as crops to produce new food products and to create new menu items.
On completion of this course, you will feel confident in your knowledge of how to identify and use bush tucker plants.
Unit - Bush Tucker Plants
Unit 1 – Introduction
Is it Edible
Native Plants to be Cautious with
Understanding Plant Toxins
Nutritional Value of Bush tucker
Hybrids, Varieties and Cultivars
Pronouncing Plant Names
Unit 2 – Growing
Growing Australian Plants on Low Fertility Soils
Pruning Australian Plants
Collecting, Storing, Germinating Seed
Seed Germination Techniques
Handling and raising seedlings
Asexual Propagation (Cuttings, Division, etc)
Unit 3 – Gathering
Bush Foods as A Commercial Venture
Gathering Acacia Seed
Developing a Bush Food Garden
Designing a Bush Garden
Selected Native Trees for a Bush Tucker Garden
Selected Shrubs for a Bush Tucker Garden
Selected Small Indigenous Australian Plants for a Bush Tucker Garden
Edible Arid Zone Bush Tucker plants
Unit 4 – Nuts and Seeds
Athertonia diversifolia (Atherton Oak)
Using Acacias (eg. Wattleseed Essense)
Unit 5 – Vegetables
Native Spinach (Tetragonia tetragonioides)
Pigface (Carpobrotus sp.)
Longleaf Mat Rush (Lomandra longifolia)
Solanums (Bush Tomatoes or Kangaroo Apple)
Apium prostratum (Sea Celery)
Microseris lanceolata (Yam Daisy)
Dioscorea transversa (Wild Yams)
Native ginger Alpinia caerulear
Unit 6 – Fruits
Austromyrtus dulcis (Midgen Berry)
Billardiera sp (eg. Appleberry)
Davidsonia purescens (Davidson’s Plum)
Eugenia spp. and Syzygium spp. (eg. Bush Cherries)
Ficus (Native Figs)
Planchonella australis (Black Apple)
Rubus sp (Native Raspberry)
Other Fruits …lots more outlined
Unit 7 – Flavourings, Teas, Essences
Curcuma (related to ginger)
Soaked Flowers (eg. Grevillea)
Unit 8 – Using Bush Tucker Plants
Develop your ability to identify, select, and develop processing procedures, for a range of varieties of bush food plants selected.
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The approximate study hours for this course is 50 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
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