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Here's how to inject some bush food ingredients into your gift-giving.
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25 Nov 2021 - 11:54 PM  UPDATED 26 Nov 2021 - 8:45 AM

One of the best feelings during the festive season has got to be rocking up to a mate's place carefully balancing jars of home baked gifts. The gift handover moment feels like a delicious combination of love, pride and smugness that never gets old.

If you want to send all three of those emotions through the roof, opt to give a gift featuring bush food. Firstly because the more people baking with Australian natural food sources, the better. Secondly, because bush food tastes amazing. And thirdly because the more Aussie we can inject into Christmas, the better; enough with the cosy snow scenes and overheating Santas, thanks!

So whip up any or all of these bush food treats to give to a particularly special friend this season. Be sure to give your gift when you first see them, don't wait until you're leaving. That way you might get offered a bite yourself!

River mint, coffee high

Chocolate-coated coffee beans are always high on the gift list, especially when they're flavoured with river mint and lemon myrtle. Ideal for munching with your friend's Christmas morning cuppa.

Minty and nutty

Chocolate river mint fudge brownie

Keep the river mint handy because it also makes fudge brownies extra-special. Throw in a handful of macadamia nuts for added bush food kudos.

Olive for boozin'

Of course, not everyone likes chocolate, but everyone loves olives. At least, those who love olives, really, really love olives. They'll be particularly enamoured this jar of olives infused with lemon myrtle, lemon aspen and shiraz. Cheers!

Bush infusion

Infuse your own bush spirits with this easy guide. It will take you more time to find a pretty bottle than it will to put together the infusion.

Rosella flower and plum champagne compote

A fruity accompaniment to a good vanilla ice-cream and sponge cake, infused with flavours of native plums and rosella flowers, made for summer. 

Rosella jam

Also called wild hibiscus, rosellas are North Queensland wildflowers and give this jam tartness in addition to a festive crimson colour. The jam is the perfect accompaniment to scones or puftaloons. They keep for up to 1 year in a sealed, sterilised jar.

Dukkah tucker

Rae Johnston makes a native dukkah using macadamias, wattleseed, lemon myrtle, pepperberry and sesame seeds. If you've ever tasted each of these spices, you'll know what a treat this is.

Aspen for lemons

Lemon aspen curd tartlets

Australia's 'native lemon' tastes like a cross between a lemon and a grapefruit with added honey. That's definitely a flavour worth concentrating into a curd, dropping into a pastry cup and gifting to a friend.

Immune-boosting turmeric and lemon myrtle tea

Give your refreshing ice tea an immune support boost with these Aussie native citrus flavours.

Baklava says g'day

The only way to make baklava better is to mix it with Aussie bush foods like lemon myrtle, lemon aspen and macadamias. It's the Mark Olive twist we're happy to dance to all night.

Short and sweet

Package up some macadamia and lemon myrtle shortbread for teachers, shop keepers, bank tellers and the postie. Everyone deserves a home-baked thank you treat this year.

Lemon myrtle butter biscuits

These easy to make biscuits are a great introduction to incorporating bush flavours. The lemon myrtle gives the biscuits a naturally sweet and refreshing taste.

Shacked up

https://www.sbs.com.au/food/sites/sbs.com.au.food/files/sbs_food_gingerbread_pagoda.pdf

Picture this: a bunch of your very besties around your table making gingerbread bush shacks. Or utes. Or tents. Now that's nailing the love/pride/smug trifecta for sure.

Gingerbread ute

Make friends with anyone who owns a ute or truck. Our gingerbread truck celebrates our native ingredients - it's made from roasted wattleseed, which adds a coffee note to the biscuit. 

Gingerbread outback tent

Pitch a tent in the outback under the Milky Way. Our gingerbread tent celebrates our native ingredients - it's flavoured with lemon myrtle - and the 'red' earth is made from crushed chocolate biscuits. 

Don't mind if we ladoos

The popular Indian sweet ladoos makes a fine gift, especially when it's been infused with wattleseed and macadamia. Now there's a flavour combination that's, fortunately, becoming as popular as chocolate and caramel.

Never so brittle

Bushfood brittle made easy.

Christmas just isn't Christmas without a giant slab of brittle. Here finger limes deliver the sour, sandalwood nuts the sweet.

Sweet-and-salty toffeed macadamias

Crack through sweet toffee and slide straight into a crunchy macadamia.

Gift topper

For extra-special special friends, bring along a bush fruit Christmas cake. It's a true declaration of love. And pride. And smugness.

Gift giving winner
Cranberry burnt orange marmalade

"If you grill oranges, it brings out the most beautiful flavor of the orange, the sugar caramelises," says Spencer Watts of his twist on cranberry sauce - great to serve with his smoked turkey

Three-ingredient Brazilian chocolate truffles
Brigadeiros are the ridiculously simple Brazilian sweets with a history rooted in the military and politics.
Semolina domes (Şekerpare)

A delightful Turkish dessert with a zesty lemon glaze that keeps it moist and sticky, and is best served with a pipping hot Turkish coffee. Sweet bliss!

Homemade chocolate freckles

You can't help but smile when you're eating these cute and colourful, rainbow-topped chocolate buttons. 

Striped chocolate curls

These snazzy chocolate curls will dress up any dessert. 

Ginger biscuits

When you remove the white sugar from these guys the texture changes, but I hope Nanna would still recognise them. If it’s any indication that they’re tasty, my youngest son can’t get enough of them.

Karachi halva with pumpkin seeds and cashews

This Turkish delight-like sweet was invented in my home town. As a child I would pass by mithai (sweetmeat) shops and look longingly at the many vibrant, colourful sweets on offer. There was one sweet that always caught my eye – orange, green or pink chewy, rubber-like shiny halva cut into neat squares and topped with nuts and pumpkin seeds. Magical.

White chocolate bark

Make a pretty edible gift for friends and family with the fragrant flavours of the Middle East. Package into cellophane bags or small white boxes, sprinkle with some more rose petals and tie with ribbon and  flower.

Almond cookies (spritzgebäck)

The German word spritzen means to squirt and reflects the way these cookies are shaped – by pushing them through a piping nozzle. The almond meal in the dough gives a lovely soft, almost cakey, texture to these chocolate-dipped cookies that can be piped in various designs, including mini wreaths.

Swiss chocolate and almond spice cookies (basler brunsli)

Satisfyingly sweet, slightly chewy and subtly spiced, these addictive chocolate cookies are also gluten free. A specialty of Basel, in northern Switzerland, the German zimtsterne is a close cousin of this Christmas cookie.