About Tucker Bush
Tucker Bush is a range of Australian native plants with edible fruits, nuts, shoots, leaves and roots. These incredible bushfood species have sustained Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples for thousands of years. Native edibles are naturally adapted to the climate and soil of this land, meaning they need less water and less effort to maintain when grown in similar conditions.
All of the plants in the Tucker Bush range play a vital role in our ecosystem, with some species under threat from climate change, deforestation, urban development, over-foraging, and plain old neglect. What’s more, most of the edibles people grow in their gardens today were originally imported from overseas, pushing native bush tucker plants further out of reach.
With your help, and the passion of growers, distributors, suppliers, chefs, foodies and nature-lovers around Australia, we hope to spread the love for local plants and local flavours throughout modern homes and gardens.
Founded in 2015 by horticulturist Mark Tucek, Tucker Bush launched its first release of plants in Western Australia with just three bushfood species, lovingly grown and nurtured from seeds purchased from Mamabulanjin Aboriginal Corporation.
Since then, we’ve expanded the range to over 60 fruit, herb and vegetable bush tucker plants, now available in every state and territory, thanks to a network of suppliers, growers and distributors around the country. Together with Bindi Bindi Dreaming and RiverMint Dining, we’ve been campaigning hard to share the joys of bushfood gardening in this corner of the world.
In 2018, we released our first cookbook, featuring recipes generously donated by some of Australia’s finest chefs. And with the addition of the Youlk to our native vegetable range in 2019, we raised the funds needed to launch the Tucker Bush Schools Program. It’s through this program that we hope to give the next generation the vital knowledge and wisdom to shape a bright future for the country.
We are not an Indigenous business, and we acknowledge the original owners of the lands upon which we operate, and the original custodians of the plants we grow. We do not support the theft or destruction of community, culture and Country. We hope that by making bushfoods easily accessible to a contemporary audience, we can contribute our bit towards a fairer, better and biodiverse Australia in the years to come.