We have not had a cold or flu for years because we take Australian Native Kakadu Plum (known as Gubinge, among many other names) in powder form in a shot of water when travelling or feeling run-down. It is known for being one of the highest sources of Vitamin C on the planet and is honestly the one bush medicine we urge you all to get on to. It can be eaten raw and is about the size of an olive and pale green in colour. It also has a large seed like an olive.
This product is a premium product picked by Indigenous women in Northern WA and doesn't include any seed. This product is vegan and wild harvested by the wonderful women of Mayi Harvests.
◎ Common Name: Kakadu Plum or Gabiny
◎ Scientific or Latin Name: Terminalia ferdinandiana
◎ Comparison: Sour and tart
◎ Seasonality: All year dried and frozen
◎ Region: Tropical WA
◎ Taste Profile: The taste of the fruit is tart with a delightful aroma of stewed apples and pears, with some cooked citrus, pickled and floral musk essence. Some say the fruit looks and tastes like an English gooseberry.
◎ Types: We offer Kakadu Plum as a seedless freeze-dried powder. It's also features as a scent in some exciting new Home & Body products.
- Kakadu plums are low in calories and high in dietary fibre, vitamin C, copper, and iron. They also contain smaller amounts of thiamine, riboflavin, magnesium, zinc, and calcium.
- They are the highest natural source of vitamin C in the world. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that supports the immune system, cognition, collagen synthesis, iron absorption, and heart health.
- Kakadu plums are rich in the polyphenol known as ellagic acid. It has anticancer, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and prebiotic effects. However, more research on its effects is needed.
- They are an antioxidant superfood, containing many crucial flavonols, aromatic acids, anthocyanins, and lutein. These can protect against damage and chronic diseases caused by free radicals.
Traditional Aboriginal Food and Uses
In traditional medicine, Kakadu plums were used to treat colds, the flu, and headaches. They were also utilized as an antiseptic or soothing balm for the limbs.
Western & Modern
More recently, they have been recognised for their high nutritional value as an antioxidant superfood, and are popping up in recipes all over the place.
Kakadu plums have also been linked to several other health benefits, including anticancer, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties. This nutrient-rich gem may aid in the treatment and protection against the following:
- Inflammatory diseases
- Acne & skin conditions
- Prevention of food-born illness due to anti-bacterial properties
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Kakadu Plum is featured in this recipe in Warndu Mai:
Warndu Products featuring Kakadu Plum
If you love Kakadu Plum try our freeze-dried spice, or make cleaning up a delight with the aroma of our Lemon Myrtle, Native Lemongrass & Kakadu Plum Dishwashing Soap Bar.
Note: The term 'Bush Tucker' and 'Bush Food' are not Warndu's preferred terms for Australian Native Ingredients or Australian Botanicals.
Images: © Luisa Brimble