Edible Plants (Common and Australian bushtucker)

Chili pepper

September 19, 2017 Simon 0

Genus: Capsicum. Species: annuum, chinense, frutescens, baccatum and pubescens (these are the domesticated varieties).  Family: SOLANACEAE. Common Name: Chili pepper, chile pepper, chilli pepper or chilli. Etymology: Capsicum: From the latin word ‘capsa’ meaning small box (capsule). annuum: Annual, chinense: from China, frutescens: From Latin word frutescō meaning “I send […]

Grapevine on arbor
Edible Plants (Common and Australian bushtucker)


April 4, 2017 Simon 0

Genus: Vitis. Species: vinifera  which is the chief source of ‘Old World’ wine and table grapes (other species include labrusca, riparia, roundiflora, rupestris, aestivalis, mustangensis and other hybrids).  Family: VITACEAE.  Common Name: Grape. Etymology: Vitis: Latin for vine.  vinifera: Derived from […]

Thymus vulgaris Thyme
Edible Plants (Common and Australian bushtucker)


January 13, 2017 Simon 0

Genus: Thymus.  Species: vulgaris. Family: LAMIACEAE. Common Name: Thyme. Etymology: Thymus: From Greek word thymon meaning a fume or smoke rising in a cloud. Other interpretations suggest it came from Thymos meaning courage, or maybe from the Egyptian word […]

Bunch of bananas
Edible Plants (Common and Australian bushtucker)


September 29, 2016 Simon 0

  Genus:  Musa. Family: MUSACEAE. Common Name: Banana. Etymology: Latinization of the Arabic name ‘Mauz’. History: The banana is thought to have originally grown in the region that includes the Malaya Peninsula, Indonesia, The Philippines and New Guinea, having […]

Macadamia nuts
Edible Plants (Common and Australian bushtucker)


September 14, 2016 Simon 0

Genus: Macadamia. Species: integrifolia. Other species (jansenii, ternifolia, tetraphylla). Family: PROTEACEAE Common Name: Macadamia. More traditional Aboriginal names: bauple, gyndl, jindilli and boombera. Etymology: Macadamia: Named after Dr John Macadam (1827–65) by Ferninand Mueller (Director of Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne) […]

Edible Plants (Common and Australian bushtucker)


August 30, 2016 Simon 0

Genus: Rosemarinus. Species: officinalis. Family: LAMIACEAE. Common Name: Rosemary. Etymology: Rosemarinus: Dew of the sea. officinalis: with herbal uses. History: Rosemary was originally from the dry, rocky, generally coastal areas of the Mediterranean (Spain, Italy, Portugal, southern France, Greece, North Africa and in […]

Edible Plants (Common and Australian bushtucker)


August 4, 2016 Simon 1

Genus: Persea.  Species: americana. Family: LAURACEAE. Common Name: Avocado. Etymology: Persea: sacred fruit-bearing tree of Egypt and Persia (probably originally related to a pear).  americana: from America. History: The avocado dates back almost 10,000 years with the oldest archaeological evidence […]

Edible Plants (Common and Australian bushtucker)


June 21, 2016 Simon 2

Genus: Ananas. Species: comosus. Family: BROMELIACEAE. Common Name: Pineapple. Etymology: Ananas: From the word ‘nanas’ meaning ‘excellent fruit’ once used by the Tupi people of Brazil. comosus: having long or abundant hair; having many leaves (plant) leafy. History: The pineapple is thought to have […]

Lots of lemons
Edible Plants (Common and Australian bushtucker)


June 7, 2016 Simon 0

Genus: Citrus.  Species: limon. Family: RUTACEAE.   Common Name: Lemon. Etymology: Citrus: From Latin where it referred to either the plant now known as Citron (C. medica) or a conifer tree (Thuja). This may be due to perceived similarities in the smell […]

Edible Plants (Common and Australian bushtucker)


May 2, 2016 Simon 0

Genus: Solanum.  Family: SOLANACEAE. Common Name: Tomato. Etymology: Latin ‘Nightshade’. History: It is believed that the original tomato was native to Peru, in western South America, as its history can be traced back to the Aztecs […]