Australia's unique biodiversity

Health benefits from the Australian environment

Native food with Superior Antioxidant capacity and Bioavailability of nutrients.

Nutrient dense ingredients for good health and wellbeing.  A natural source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants as part of a healthy balanced diet and lifestyle.

Australian native superfoods

nutrient dense

Native ingredients

Aniseed Myrtle

Aniseed Myrtle has been shown to have anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties. It has a high antioxidant activity level and is rich in magnesium. Aniseed Myrtle is a good source of lutein, folate, vitamin E and vitamin C. It contains anethole which gives the leaf its aniseed flavour and aroma. Traditionally has been used for digestive conditions. 


Bush tomato

Bush Tomatoes contain selenium, which is often deficient in many soils and foods and plays a key role in metabolism. They are a good source of plant based iron, selenium and potassium and has antioxidant properties. Bush Tomatoes contain vitamin E, folate, zinc, magnesium and calcium and has a high potassium:sodium ratio which is favourable to help reduce hypertension. The fresh berries also contain vitamin C. 


Cinnamon myrtle

Cinnamon Myrtle contains the essential oil elemicin which has been used medicinally to treat dyspepsia, heartburn, colic and other digestive ailments. 


Lemon myrtle

Lemon Myrtle, with the highest known concentration of citral contained in the leaves, has been used traditionally to treat gastric and digestive problems. It contains antioxidants and is non-acidic. It is also anti-fungal and anti-microbial which may inhibit the growth of pathogens and organisms which cause diseases like ulcers. The tea can be used as an inhalant to receive colds and other congestive disorders. 


Mountain Pepperleaf

Mountain pepper leaf contains strong antioxidants, vitamin E, lutein and iron and is a rich source of zinc, magnesium and calcium. Tasmanian Mountain Pepper leaf and berries have a very strong anticrobial activity against common food born human pathogens, bacteria, yeasts and moulds. Mountain Pepperleaf contains Polygodial (an aromatic compound), which gives the fragrant spicy hot flavour profile and rainforest aroma.



Pepperberries contains strong antioxidants, vitamin E, lutein and iron and are a rich source of zinc, magnesium and calcium. Tasmanian Mountain Pepper leaf and berries have a very strong anticrobial activity against common food born human pathogens, bacteria, yeasts and moulds. Mountain Pepperleaf contains Polygodial (an aromatic compound), which gives the fragrant spicy hot flavour profile and rainforest aroma. 


Peppermint gum

Peppermint Gum makes a great refreshing and digestive tea to help cleanse the palate. The leaves contains antioxidants and its aromatic menthol properties may help as a decongestant. Eucalyptus teas are high in flavonoids. 



Rivermint (Mentha australis) has been traditionally used to treat headaches and colds. Rivermint contains bio-active components and has been recently found to be high in flavonoid and phenolic compounds (higher than spearmint and rosemary) which act as antioxidants which help to reduce oxidative stress which can cause cellular damage and diseases. Phenolic rich compounds have health benefiting properties including anti-inflammatory, anti-hepatitis, and anti-tumour activities. Native Rivermint could have medicinal potential use in helping to treat diabetes due to the a-glucosidase activities. Further research is needed.



Saltbush is a leafy vegetable that contains calcium, protein, sulphur, a range of minerals and a natural range of mineral salts and antioxidants. Great for vegans being high in protein, calcium, magnesium and zinc. 


Sea parsley

Sea Parsley Current Research has shown sea parsley to contain high levels of phenolic contents and strong antioxidant activities. Sea Parsley contains several phenolic compounds that hold potential therapeutic effects for human health. Containing apiin and apigenin in high concentrations which could hold potential therapeutic effects on certain diseases like diabetes and cancer. More studies needed.


strawberry gum

Strawberry gum (Eucalyptus olda) leaves have a high oil content containing aromatic methyl cinnamate which may assist with the balance of microflora in the gut. Studies have shown the oils to have antimicrobial, anti-bacterial and anti fungal properties. Strawberry gum has also shown to have a high antioxidant activity. 



Wattleeeds are high in iron, zinc, protein and dietary fibres.  They also contain calcium, magnesium, potassium and other nutrients for good health. They are a Low GIycemic Carbohydrate. As part of a healthy balanced diet you can incorporate the Wattleseed into your everyday cooking making it nutritious and delicious. 


Davidson plum

Davidson Plums are a good source of vitamin C.  Davidson Plums also contain vitamin E, Lutein, Folate, Zinc, Magnesium, Potassium and Calcium.  Davidson Plum fruit contains a powerful antioxidant called anthocyanin, a type of flavonoid and pigment which gives the plum a rich red colour. Phytonutrients such as anthocyanins can offer some protection from free radical damage to our body cells which can help prevent common diseases. 


Desert Lime

Desert Lime has shown an outstanding amount of Vitamin C, a high level of folate (ten times more than blueberry) and to be a rich source of calcium (with almost ten times the calcium content of Blueberries). Desert Limes show a high potassium:sodium ratio which may be beneficial to reduce hypertension. Desert Limes also contain a-Tocopherol, a powerful lipophilic antioxidant.  Lutein (which is good for eye health in the prevention of macular degeneration) content was more than the Hass avocado - known to be the primary source of lutein. 


Kakadu plum

Kakadu plum fruit contains the highest amounts of Vitamin C of any known food. Kakadu plum also contains vitamin E, lutein, folate, zinc, magnesium and calcium. Kakadu plum contains lipid and water soluble antioxidants which show a higher level of protection against free radical damage within and outside of cells. As part of a healthy balanced diet Vitamin C can assist with absorption of iron from food, protection against free radicals, skin health – collagen formation, normal energy metabolism, Immune support and contributes to normal bone formation.  The Kakadu Plum contains acids that have anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal qualities.  NATIF Kakadu Plum does not have the seed ground into the product, therefore containing superior levels of vitamin C. 



Muntries are a good source of vitamin C. They contain calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, sodium and fibre. Muntries have a greater antioxidant capacity than blueberries with over two times the phenolic compounds. 



Quandongs contain phenolic-based antioxidants with an outstanding anti-oxidant capacity, providing protection from free radical damage to cells. They contain high levels of protein, folate and vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, zinc and iron. All nutrients needed for good health. 



Riberries contain anthocyanins, antioxidants which give the fruit its ruby pigment. Antioxidants are known to potentially prevent or delay common known diseases like Alzeihmer's, cardiovascular and autoimmune diseases, cancer and diabetes. Riberries are also a good source of calcium and contain high levels of folate. 



The Boab fruit is nutrient rich with a wide range of health benefits. Boab powder contains polyphenols and anitoxidants, contains twice as much calcium as milk and about five times more vitamin C than an orange.The fruit and other edible parts of the tree can also contain protein, B vitamins, niacin, iron, zinc, magnesium and potassium. The fruit is rich in fibre (soluble and insoluble) making it a natural prebiotic. Fibre can naturally help slow down the absorbtion of sugar in our blood stream and is great for healthy digestion and bowel regularity. Boab powder can be eaten with food and beverages as part of a healthy balanced diet.


Bunya Nuts

Bunya nuts are starchy, rich in complex carbohydrates, oils and protein. Studies have shown that bunya nuts have anti-bacterial properties which can inhibit bacterial spoilage and food borne illnesses without the need for chemical preservative additives. There may be a future for Bunya nuts as antimicrobial agents for medicinal purposes. Bunya nuts contain minerals like potassium and magnesium. Bunya nuts are gluten free and have a healthy glycemic index rating.


Lemon Aspen

Lemon Aspen has a higher anti-oxidant capacity than blueberries and is a very good source of folate, zinc and iron. Lemon aspen also contains magnesium and calcium. Lemon Aspen has a superior antioxidant capacity when compared to the blueberry.Antioxidants from foods are important for good health and for the prevention of common diseases.



Fingerlimes are high in vitamin C (3 x more than other common citrus fruits). They contain fibre, folate, potassium and polyphenols (antioxidant). The fingerlime pearl caviar contains citric acid, magic acid, lactic acid and glycolic acid. These components can be used in skin care products for anti-ageing and hydration. Vitamin C is necessary for immune function as well as producing collagen for healthy skin.


Geraldton Wax

Geraldton wax leaves contain aromatic oils which give its distinct flavour and aroma when crushed. It is known to contain anti-fungal properties which may help with skin conditions. More research is needed.



Karkalla is a native succulent plant found around the Australian coastlines. Other varieties can are be found inland also. The Karkalla plant is a source of moisture, salt, calcium, iron, vitamin C and fibre.


The young leaves and tender shoots are all edible as well as the fruit calyx which is high in Vitamin C and antioxidants. Some studies have shown that drinking hibiscus tea may help to lower blood pressure, fight bacteria and aid in weight loss. *Note that some medications may be contraindicated to prevent an interaction* and more research is needed.


Warrigal Greens

Warrigal greens are a good source of iron, fibre and vitamin C. Always be sure to blanch them before you eat them as they are high in oxalates (like rhubarb).


Native Bee Honey

Native stingless Bees produce Honey that is naturally high in trehalulose which is beneficial for lowering blood glucose in healthy people, therefore lowGI. Native honey also contains anti diabetic and antibacterial properties (just like Manuka honey). Its also high in antioxidants.


Rainforest Cherry

Rainforest Cherry (aka Watery Rose Apple) is high in antioxidants, contains high phenolic contents and is high in vitamin C and A. They are also rich in calcium, iron, fibre and protein. The leaf contains antioxidants and exhibits anti-inflammatory properties.


Macadamia Nuts

Macadamia Nuts are rich in vitamins, minerals, fibre and contain healthy monounsaturated fats. They are high in flavonoids and tocotrienols (antioxidants). They are a nutritious prebiotic which feed friendly gut bacteria which in turn produce short-chain fatty acids which can help reduce inflammation in the gut.


Illawarra plum

Illawarra fruits are high in anthocyanin-rich phenolics, high in antioxidants (more than most fruits) and high in vitamin C. Research has shown that Illawarra plum extract has anti-cancer activities.

Health Benefit Information

The information here is intended for general knowledge purposes only. More scientific research is currently underway with Australian Native Foods and Botanicals. Make sure you do your own research and specific testing of ingredients to make your own claims when developing food products. The information here is from scientific research articles only and never taken from any Indigenous intellectual property.