A yoghurt made with Kakadu plums harvested on traditional lands in the Northern Territory has been launched in Adelaide.
South Australian bushfood company Something Wild Australia and Fleurieu Milk Company plan to test customer reaction to the product with an initial 180,000 tubs of Kakadu plum yoghurt, which will be sold through their stalls at the Adelaide Central Markets.
The plums are harvested by women from the Palngun Wurnangat Aboriginal Corporation (PWAC) at Wadeye.
Seven senior women travelled to Adelaide for the launch of the yoghurt last week.
PWAC chairperson Margaret Perdjert said her parents had passed down their cultural knowledge of the plums.
“We call it ‘mi mirrarl’, it’s like a medicine, it’s good for colds,” she said.
“We harvest the fruit around Easter time, some we pick and others we have to get the young fellas to shake the trees so they fall down from the top.”
“Then we bring them back to the women’s centre at Wadeye and sort and weigh them,” she said.
Indigenous Land Corporation chairman Eddie Fry said the ILC had a strategic focus on niche Indigenous products such as bushfoods to provide Aboriginal people with the opportunity to develop sustainable land-based businesses.
“This collaboration between Wadeye Aboriginal Community, Something Wild Australia, and Fluerieu Milk Company is a great example of how Aboriginal communities can combine their landholdings with their ecological knowledge and commercialise them to create products, uniquely from the Indigenous estate,” he said.
Something Wild general manager Daniel Motlop, a Larrakia man and former AFL star, said Kakadu plums could be used as a health additive, preservative and flavour enhancer.
“Kakadu plums are unique to northern Australia and have one of the highest known concentrations of Vitamin C in the world,” he said.
“We’re very excited about the new products we’ve created, and we’re glad to have the opportunity to work with the women from Wadeye community to secure a sustainable way to supply the fruit.”
By Wendy Caccetta