Wattleseed been a mainstay in the diet of Indigenous Australians for thousands of years.
Several species are more palatable and commercially viable, these being; Ac victoriae – Prickly Acacia; Ac. sophorae – Coastal Wattle; Ac retinodes – Wirilda; Ac coriacea – Dogwood; Ac murrayana – Colony Wattle; and Ac aneura – Mulga. In their natural habitats these species are plentiful, and because of this, they have been mainly harvested in the wild.
The seeds of the Acacias have very hard husks, and when they fall to the ground, will last for up to 20 years in their natural environment, usually only germinating after bushfires. Because this hard outer casing also protects the seed during long periods of dormancy on the ground, Wattleseed has provided indigenous Australians with a rich source of protein and carbohydrate in times of drought. The seed was crushed into flour between flat grinding stones and cooked into cakes or damper. Even the green seeds of some species were eaten after baking in the hot coals.
Roasted ground Wattleseed has a diverse number of uses in the kitchen, from baking to thickening of sauces and casseroles, to ice cream. By dark-roasting Wattleseed, the most delightful aroma of nutty fresh roasted coffee is released and can be used as a beverage or as an addition to chocolate or desserts. >>RECIPES>>
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