Bruny Island Cheese Co,
Bruny Island, TAS
Traditionally Australia has been known for its ability to produce a prodigious amount of grain, high-quality wheat and barley, and for its sheep and cattle exports. But that’s changing, as producers learn to take advantage of a number of comparative advantages that set Australia apart from much of the world. Firstly, with so many different climate zones from tropical to desert, from temperate to downright artic, there’s nothing Australia can’t grow or produce.
And then there are the Ingredients you can’t find anywhere else in the world, the “bush tucker” produce of indigenous Australia, where the foods of a 60,000-year-old culture are being rediscovered and used by committed and innovative chefs. That’s also led to a new wave of foragers combing the coasts and deserts of Australia for ingredients such as samphire and sea parsley, wattleseed and wild rosella.
Australian chefs, almost across the board, now seek out produce that’s organic, locally grown – even in their own kitchen gardens - with a strong awareness of sustainable food supply.