What foods for Australia Day do you need? Australia Day is a glorious event that celebrates and inspires our great nation. Australia is the sixth largest country in the world and a natural wonderland of beautiful beaches, crystal blue waters, amazing ancient rock formations and pristine rainforests. Full of exotic flora and fauna, us Aussies have developed an array of delicious dishes that are truly symbolic to us. Here is a definitive guide to home-grown Aussie tucker:
Vegemite -As iconic as the Opera House itself, there is nothing that screams ‘Australia’ quite like Vegemite. Just back off New Zealand.
Mangoes. Grown across Australia since the 1800s, the Aussie mango is a beacon of summer. Available in a variety of brands, its sweet and delicious texture is suitable for a huge range of sweet and savoury dishes. Enjoy Australia Day with the Aussie king of fruit and check out this recipe for a mango and strawberry pavlova.
Avocados. Another fruit grown all across Australia, the avocado is available all year round. Go all out in green and gold this year with a delicious combination of avocado and mango salad.
Tim Tams. In recent years they have become so popular, Tim Tams are now shipped globally. According to manufacturers, over 35 million packets of Tim Tams are sold every year.
Macadamia nuts. Native to eastern Australia, the macadamia nut is hugely versatile and tastes good with anything from breads to lamb roasts to cakes or just on their own!
Kangaroo steaks. Found only in Oz, kangaroos are Australia’s national animal. As well as being part of our national emblem, they are low in fat and offer a completely unique flavor.
Barramundi. Barramundi, also known as Australian seabass, gets its name from the Aboriginal language meaning “large-scaled river fish.” The Barramundi’s native waters span from Northern Australia up to Southeast Asia. Served in restaurants across the country, it is Australia’s most popular fish choice and often considered to be the most Australian of all fish varieties.
Shrimp (strictly barbequed). “Throw another shrimp on the ‘barbie!” might be one of the most annoying phrases Americans like to taunt us with, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad idea. Try this delicious grilled prawn dish served with coconut, mango and lime.
Cherry Ripe. Australia’s oldest chocolate bar is still one of its best sellers. Consisting of the unique combination of fruit cherries and coconut coated with dark chocolate in a bar, it offers a rich and indulgent treat.
Beetroot (served in burgers). Nowhere else in the world seems to understand just how amazing this combination is. It’s so popular, we even have beetroot in our burgers at Maccas!
Lamington Cakes. An iconic Australian food, the word lamington means layers of beaten gold, and was named after Lord Lamington, the governor of Queensland from 1895 to 1901. The Lamington is often referred to as the “National Cake of Australia,” with July 21st designated as National Lamington Day.
Meat pies. The epitome of Australian food, it’s on the menu at every house party, sporting venue and morning after a big night. For a modern gourmet twist, try an Emu pie!
Lychees. The Australian lychee industry is unique in having the longest lychee production season in the world. With the end of season (sadly) nearly upon us, make sure you indulge this Australia Day.
Balmain bugs. A delicious delicacy, the Balmain bug is native to our great continent. A strange looking sea creature that lives in shallow waters around Australia, the Balmain bug is actually a species of lobster. Although sometimes pricey, what better day to treat you and your loved ones to a pure Aussie delight.
Witchetty grubs. The most authentic of bush tucker, the grub is a nutty-flavored bite that has been enjoyed by indigenous Australians for thousands of years. Although the wider Australian nation has often struggled with eating it, there seems no better time to be brave and try it than on Australia Day. We dare you.
Deep-Fried drop bears. A cousin of the Koala, Drop Bears are mostly found in the bush and densely forested parts of Australia. A danger to humans, bush walkers have been known to be ‘dropped on’ by drop bears. They are best fed to visiting European relatives.
There are many delicious options out there for Aussie fruit fans and lovers of top notch local produce. Alongside juicy peaches, nectarines, plums and apricots that make up Australia’s stonefruit, Australia also proudly delivers mangoes, lychees, cherries, and passion fruit. This great combination makes up the delightful ‘summerfruit’ collection that is iconic of our great nation’s beautiful summer months and favorite natural sweet treats.
- So whether you’re having a picnic on the beach, or have family gathered round the barbie, enjoy authentic Aussie produce this Australia Day.