Building a native food industry in Australia
The University of Adelaide and The Orana Foundation, founded by chef Jock Zonfrillo, have announced a major new research partnership to support the development of an Australian native food industry.
Waite research will play a key role in partnership projects centred on food flavours and plant production assessments.
Ingredients that have a high nutritional profile and great taste and flavour will be assessed as food potential. Chefs from The Orana Foundation will work with the University of Adelaide’s FOODplus Research Centre here at Waite to determine the optimal preparation and cooking requirements for these native plant species, which will then be assessed for flavour, texture and visual appeal.
”Aboriginal people use many complex practices that effectively eliminate anti-nutritional and unpalatable compounds that may occur in native foods at harvest,” said Dr John Carragher, FOODplus Commercial Development Manager.