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Bush food producers Dale Tilbrook, Suzanne Poli and Jenny Taylor with some of their award winning produce at the Maalinup Aboriginal Gallery. Picture: ANITA McINNES

Bush food popular with judges

IF you are lucky enough to taste some of bush food producer Jenny Taylor’s quondongs, which have been poached in peach schnapps, spare a thought for how many kilometres she has driven to collect the fruit.

The Jane Brook resident can travel about 5000km a season depending on whether the season is a good one or not collecting quondongs including the very rare white variety.

Her Maali Mia Pty Ltd Quondong Ngarlawang won a gold medal at this year’s Perth Royal Show and it is definitely worth a taste or two.

She also produces a quondong chutney made with red quondongs and has plans to create a cheesecake with quondong.

Experimenting with bush foods is also a passion for her friends and Bush Food Experience creators Suzanne Poli of Ellenbrook and Dale Tilbrook who are attending Kambarang – South West Aboriginal Gourmet Experience held in Margaret River on Saturday, November 19 during the three-day Margaret River Gourmet Escape festival.

They will be taking some of their Perth Royal Show award winning produce – spices, spice blends, dukhas, bush gummies (made with native peach and native pepperberry) and hard rock candy Lemon Myrtle Rocks.

Maalinup Aboriginal Gallery in Henley Brook also has Aboriginal artwork.

By Anita McInnes

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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