Acai, mesquite and lucuma are some of the most popular superfoods of South America but how many Australian superfoods can you name? We found some of the most nourishing superfoods in our own backyard that Aboriginal’s have been eating for almost 50,000 years.
Australia is home to many wild herbs, fruits and nuts, Hayley Blieden from aust superfoods creates delicious, healthy raw, superfood bars, powders and fruits snacks out of native Australian superfoods “Modern Australia has been slow to adopt these foods despite their unique flavours and exceptional nutritional value.” So we’ve got the low down on our own superfoods and how what they actually do.
The hero of Australian superfoods with it high level of nutrients and antiseptic properties. Tart in taste the plum can be freeze dried and crushed into a powder and thrown in as a health supplement
- Highest level of vitamin C of any fruit – 100 x more than an orange
- High in antioxidants to help detoxify the body (more then 5 times more then a blueberry)
- Antibacterial and anti fungal properties help boost immunity.
- Source of Iron and vitamin E
Used just as much as a medicine as well as a food this bright this deep purple fruit with bright red flesh is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Sweet and sour the plum can be used in drinks, desserts or sauces.
- High calcium
- Keeps hair, nails and skin fresh and healthy due to high levels of vitamin E and zinc.
- Potent in potassium which helps keep stress levels in check but also can boost your metabolism and increase muscles strength.
Native peach Aborigines would use Quandong as a substitute for meat. 25% protein, 70% complex oils and high in vitamin C, it’s also highly valued for its medical properties. Salty and sour, it is commonly used in jams, chutneys, desserts and pies.
- Boost immunity due to high vitamin C
- Help body repair and rejuvenate due to high levels of protein
- Oil in the fruit can be used to help heal skin conditions
Riberry has three times the folate of a blueberry, is a concentrated source of essential minerals and is useful in aiding the immune system. Can be used in chutneys, sauces, salads, cheese platters, vegetable dishes and desserts.
- Helps combat stress
- Builds up red blood cells in the body
- Helps repair skin cells
Three times the Vitamin C found in a Mandarin, Finger Lime is not only a substantial source of folate, potassium and Vitamin E, but contains considerable antiseptic properties. Zesty and citrusy, it goes down a treat in dressings, sauces and jams or as a garnish.
- Gets rid of free radicals in the body – powerful antioxidant
- Helps prevents signs of ageing
- Helps boost metabolism
A powerful antioxidant and antiseptic, a vegan source of calcium, high in folate, Vitamin A and Vitamin E, and is the most concentrated source of plant citral in the world. Can be brewed as a teaor added to a recipe (sweet or savoury) for some extra zest, the leaf itself being citrusy whilst not acidic.
- Maintains healthy eyesight
- Boost immunity
- Helps heal and repair skin
Powerhouse – rich source of protein and carbohydrate and concentrated with potassium, calcium, iron, zinc and fibre. Teams up well with chocolate and desserts, it’s also ground into flour or roasted to produce a nutty, coffee aroma.
- Helps with skin conditions
- Powerful detoxifier
- Boost immunity
- Calcium helps alkaline the body bringing it back into balance.
Want more information on Australian superfoods check out austsuperfoods.com.au and get your hands on some of their products.
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