A bush farm social enterprise
We believe that the most respectful way to care for country and produce is food is to do so with minimum impact to the land. This means planting, as much as possible, amongst the magnificent gum trees and hand harvesting.
Growing bush food is a sustainable way to add unique quality flavours to your dishes. At Mongarlowe Gourmet our goals is to grow and harvest small, commercial quantities to sell direct to the public, without impacting on the pristine bushland environment of this beautiful valley in Yuin Country. Just as importantly, we want to encourage the addition of bush foods into vegetable gardens across Australia as an important part of our food culture.
Although Burdekin Plums are a rainforest tree, initial research has shown that they can adapt to colder climates and will recover well from cold winters if given frost protection. Highly recommended as a flavour to game meat.
Our plums are grown as part of a small orchard so that we can offer them adequate protection through the long frost laden winters of SE NSW, and are also being propagated for sale as seedlings
Cumbi Cumbi is a frost tolerant tree with slender leaves that make a delicious aromatic tea. Our Cumbi Cumbi are growing within the orchard, with additional seedlings currently being propagated for planting and hand harvesting on the land.
The smooth fleshy fruits of the Davidson's Plum have a delicious sour flavour that works well in both sweet and savory dishes. As a rainforest tree, it is rare to find in the wild as it has infertile seeds and can only be propagated by root division or cuttings, so we have planted our plum trees in the protection of a glasshouse where we will be propagating seedlings both for our acclimatisation research and for sale as part of our bush food nursery business.
With edible berries and leaves, native ginger is the perfect house plant for those of us who live in frosty climates - it is lush, easy to maintain and handy for the kitchen. We are growing several in our glasshouse, and will have nursery stock ready for sale in 2022.
A subtropical shrub with sweet and tangy berries, we have had success acclimatising the plant to the harsher cold climate of SE NSW, and are currently nurturing seedlings for commercial production as part of our bush farm project.
A bush food favourite, this bush has proven to be quite hardy and is easily cultivated. After going through rigorous acclimatisation testing, and a lot of nurturing, our lilli pilli will be planted out for commercial cropping and harvesting in 2022.