Bush Tucker Plants for your Home Garden
The use of Bush Tucker plants in home and school gardens are becoming more and more common. Bush Tucker plants are local native plants that were used by local Aboriginal people before European settlement of Australia. While we generally call them ‘Bush Tucker’ plants they quite often were used for more than just food. Many plants were used seasonally for medicine or as a resource to make something.
The local Noongar people of the South West of Western Australia have six seasons – Birak (December, January), Bunuru (February, March), Djeran (April, May), Makuru (June, July), Djilba (August, September) and Kambarang (October, November). The Noongar people spent the summer months along the coast and the winter months inland using plants that were in season along the way.
Below are some fact sheets and a brochure about common (and not so common) Bush Tucker plants that can be grown in the Perth region. Most of the plants are local natives to Perth and/or the South West and were used by the Noongar people. Others are well known Australian Bush Tucker plants.Bush Tucker Plants for your home garden brochure
Bush Tucker Plant Fact Sheets (document with all Fact Sheets from below)
Bush Tucker Plant Fact Sheets
Please click on each plant to download the Fact Sheet.
Local Native to the South West of Western Australia
Please Note – Do not prepare bush tucker food without having been shown by Indigenous or experienced persons. Some bush tucker (ie. Zamia Palm) if eaten in large quantities or not prepared correctly can cause illness.