Everyone knows of the iconic Sydney Opera House, which took way more time and money to build than originally intended. However, my first stop when I arrived in Sydney was a little west. I trekked out to the Blue Mountains, and it’s a spot no one should miss.
Now, I know that celiacs can often get a bad rep for being picky eaters. But, for the most part, we’re not. And, my favorite part about being outdoors is that the plants are naturally gluten free. So here, just a few of the bushes that I found to taste while I was walking along.
We’ll begin with the most flavorful- bush chewing gum. This one is probably my favorite in flavor, but the other people that I was hiking with found that it had a bit of an aftertaste. (It’s good for the first minute or so but then the flavor wears off.)
To use bush chewing gum properly, you’ll need to fold the leaf in half twice and chew it between your molars. Nothing fancy, but a nice bit of freshness as your walking through the bush. (And, one of the few that actually tastes good.)
Xanthorrhoea (Grass Trees)
Here you can only eat the white bit at the end of the stalk. I don’t highly recommend it because it’s not the best taste (although I enjoyed it) and if you eat a bit, it’s prone to give you an upset stomach. You’ll need to have some food to eat after.
But, the grass tree has an interesting history. While there is quite a bit more to learn about this plant, what I picked up from my Barefoot Down Under guide is that you can burn the base of the plant. You can see the the big brown base at the bottom of the plant, and while it’s burning you’ll be able to mold things such as spear heads onto wooden shafts that can stick together well, which makes this plant quite valuable.
It’s not hard to figure out where this plants got its name! The two points on this plant form a distinctive devil horn shape. But, don’t eat them like this!
To eat this plant, you’ll have to wait until it blossoms. Unfortunately none had fully blossomed on my walk. However, whether you eat it or not, this is a cute plant to point out. 🙂
Finally, I’m currently drawing a blank about the name of this common Aussie plant (so fill me in if you know!), but it’s one where you can enjoy its nectar. I find it quite beautiful as well.
While you’re in the Blue Mountains, you may stop in Leura to pick up some food or petrol. If you do, be sure to hit up the farmer’s market. It’s fresh local produce and I bought a bucket of apples with my mate for only 3 AUD.
And, don’t worry everyone, I saw the Opera House too!