Australian Native Plants: Cultivation and Uses in the Health and Food Industries provides a comprehensive overview of native food crops commercially grown in Australia that possess nutritional and health properties largely unknown on a global basis. These native foods have been consumed traditionally, have a unique flavor diversity, offer significant health promoting effects, and contain useful functional properties. Australian native plant foods have also been identified for their promising antioxidant and antimicrobial properties that have considerable commercial potential.

This book is divided into three parts: The first part reviews the cultivation and production of many Australian native plants (ANP), including Anise Myrtle, Bush Tomato, Desert Raisin, Davidson’s Plum, Desert Limes, Australian Finger Lime, Kakadu Plum, Lemon Aspen, Lemon Myrtle, Muntries, Native Pepper, Quandong, Riberry, and Wattle Seed. It then examines the food and health applications of ANP and discusses alternative medicines based on aboriginal traditional knowledge and culture, nutritional characteristics, and bioactive compounds in ANP. In addition, it reviews the anti-obesity and anti-inflammatory properties of ANP and discusses food preservation, antimicrobial activity of ANP, and unique flavors from Australian native plants.

The third section covers the commercial applications of ANP. It focuses on native Australian plant extracts and cosmetic applications, processing of native plant foods and ingredients, quality changes during packaging, and storage of Australian native herbs. The final few chapters look into the importance of value chains that connect producers and consumers of native plant foods, new market opportunities for Australian indigenous food plants, and the safety of using native foods as ingredients in the health and food sectors.

chapter 1|4 pages

Overview of Australian Native Plants

ByAmanda Garner, La Vergne Lehmann

part 1|168 pages

Cultivation and Production

chapter 2|12 pages

Cultivation of Anise Myrtle (Syzygium anisatum)

ByGary Mazzorana, Mazzorana Melissa

chapter 3|14 pages

Cultivation of Bush Tomato (Solanum centrale) Desert Raisin

ByL. Slade Lee

chapter 4|16 pages

Cultivation of Davidson’s Plum (Davidsonia spp.)

ByPage Tony, Watkins Margo

chapter 6|12 pages

Cultivation of Desert Limes (Citrus glauca)

ByJock Douglas

chapter 7|7 pages

Cultivation of Australian Finger Lime (Citrus austraiasica)

ByRennie Sheryl

chapter 8|15 pages

Production of Terminalia ferdinandiana Excell. (‘Kakadu Plum’) in Northern Australia

ByJulian Gorman, Kim Courtenay, Chris Brady

chapter 9|7 pages

Cultivation of Lemon Aspen (Acronychia acidula)

ByRus Glover

chapter 10|14 pages

Cultivation of Lemon Myrtle (Backhousia citriodora)

ByGary Mazzorana, Melissa Mazzorana

chapter 11|6 pages

Cultivation of Muntries (Kunzea pomifera F. Muell.)

ByFazal Sultanbawa

chapter 12|13 pages

Cultivation of Native Pepper (Tasmannia lanceolata)

ByChristopher D. Read

chapter 13|7 pages

Cultivation of Quandong (Santalum acuminatum)

ByBen Lethbridge

chapter 14|9 pages

Cultivation of Riberry (Syzygium luehmannii)

ByRus Glover

chapter 15|8 pages

Production of Wattle Seed (Acacia victoriae)

ByLyle Dudley

part 2|102 pages

Food and Health Applications

chapter 17|14 pages

Nutritional Characteristics and Bioactive Compounds in Australian Native Plants: A Review

ByDavid J. Williams, Mridusmita Chaliha

chapter 18|13 pages

Australian Native Plants: Anti-Obesity and Anti-Inflammatory Properties

ByDavid J. Williams, Mridusmita Chaliha, Yasmina Sultanbawa

chapter 20|10 pages

Unique Flavours from Australian Native Plants

ByHeather Smyth, Yasmina Sultanbawa

part 3|74 pages

Commercial Applications

chapter 21|18 pages

Native Australian Plant Extracts: Cosmetic Applications

ByHazel MacTavish-West

chapter 22|13 pages

Processing of Native Plant Foods and Ingredients

ByYasmina Sultanbawa

chapter 23|12 pages

Quality Changes during Packaging and Storage of Australian Native Herbs

ByMridusmita Chaliha

chapter 24|17 pages

Value Chains: Making the Connections between Producers and Consumers of Native Plant Foods

ByAnoma Ariyawardanam, Ray Collins, Lilly Lim-Camacho

chapter 25|10 pages

New Market Opportunities for Australian Indigenous Food Plants

ByVic Cherikoff