Gourmet Traveller

GOING NATIVE

Did you know there is a fruit that has the highest recorded levels of vitamin C in the world – more than oranges or kiwifruit – and it grows natively in Australia? Gubinge, also known as Kakadu plum, is one of more than 6500 native plants that are edible and medicinal with a much longer lineage than the European botanicals and spices commonly found on our pantry shelves.

But we don’t talk about them, says Warndu co-founder and cook Rebecca Sullivan. “Nothing bothers me more than people paying $30 a bag for goji berries, and they won’t spend that kind of money on something like Davidson’s plums that contain triple the amount of antioxidants,” she says. It’s why she, alongside her partner Damien Coulthard, a teacher and director of the South Australian Native Title Board from Adnyamathanha country, created the free native substitution guide and e-book available on their website. “Instead of using thyme in a dish, use

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