The Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI) in conjunction with the Australian Native Food Industry (ANFIL) have produced a ‘flavour wheel’ chart that details the sensory descriptions for a selection of commercial native fruits, berries, herbs, seeds and spices.
You’ll find a wealth of helpful information on native fruits and berries as well as a list of herb, spice and seeds.
Download the PDF version of the Australian native food flavour wheel
Fruits and berries
- Davidson plum (Davidsonia jerseyana)
An earthy aroma like fresh beetroot with a slight pickled note.
- Davidson plum (Davidsonia pruriens)
Aroma of rosella jam and stewed rhubarb; some musk and lolly notes.
- Desert lime (Citrus glauca)
A brown lime citrus aroma with some pickled notes, stewed fruit and cut grass.
- Finger lime (Citrus australasica)
Aroma of fresh zesty citrus with a hint of cooked citrus.
- Kakadu plum (Terminalia ferdinandiana)
Aroma of stewed apples and pears; some cooked citrus, pickled and fermented notes.
- Lemon aspen (Acronychia acidula)
A fresh citrus aroma, conifer leafs and some chemical notes.
- Muntries (Kunzia pomifera)
Aroma of moist fruit mince, spice, bush honey and butter.
- Quandong (Santalum acuminatum)
Aroma of dry lentils; some earthy and fermented notes.
- Riberry (Syzygium leuhmanii)
A sweet, spiced tea aroma with musk, bush honey and resinous notes.
Herb, spice or seed
- Anise myrtle (Syzygium anisatum)
Aroma of aniseed, menthol and herbs.
- Lemon myrtle (Backhousia citriodora)
A lemon lolly aroma, perfumed with some menthol notes.
- Cut leaf mint (Prostanthera incisa)
A herbal aroma, bush scrub and menthol.
- Bush tomato or ‘Kutjera’ (Solanum centrale)
The savoury caramelised aroma of carob; some cereal notes.
- Tasmanian pepper berry (Tasmannia lanceolata)
Aroma of bush scrub with perfumed, fruity lolly notes. Lingering heat on the palate.
- Tasmanian pepper leaf (Tasmannia lanceolata)
Aroma of Australian bushland, dry paperbark and herbs. Developing heat on the palate.
- Wattle seed (Acacia victoriae)
Aroma of toasted coffee grounds, sweet spice, raisin and chocolate.
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For more information contact the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation on 13 25 23 or visit www.deedi.qld.gov.au
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Economic Development and Innovation, 2010.