Old Man Saltbush

Atriplex nummularia

Naturally occurring across all parts of mainland Australia, Old Man Saltbush (or Tjilyi-tjilyi) is rich in protein, antioxidants and minerals, with 20 per cent less sodium than salt. Also known as Bluegreen Saltbush or Giant Saltbush, the leaves have a soft, earthy saltiness ideal as a seasoning or condiment. There are more than 50 different species of Saltbush in Australia alone. Saltbush has many uses in agriculture, such as binding soil and protecting it from wind and erosion, as a windbreak, and, increasingly, as a sustainable stock feed that thrives even in drought conditions.

Traditionally used as a food source by Indigenous Australians, the seeds and leaves of the Saltbush are collected and ground for use in dishes such as damper and to flavour multiple other foods. Older leaves can be harsher in flavour and even too salty.

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