Sumary of How much do you know about NT superfood, the Kakadu plum?:
- While we’re fond of looking to the Amazon for our acai berry smoothies and Peru for our maca powder protein balls, many forget we have got our very own potent superfood back home;
- These impressive statistics come from research underway for more than a decade, mainly through the University of Queensland, verifying the plum’s powerful properties and working to ensure it is protected as an Australian native food.
- (Supplied: University of Queensland)Working with scientists at a number of universities and research organisations is traditional owner David Hewitt who runs a business harvesting the fruit on his country at Daly River, south of Darwin.
- “Our grandparents and mothers and fathers taught us to eat this kind of tucker, and plenty other bush medicine, since we were kids,” Mr Hewitt said.
- “He said sucking on a few plums was a traditional remedy for a cold or flu.
- “A plum a day will keep the doctor away, that’s what I say,” Mr Hewitt said.
- Traditional owner Mr Hewitt works with his community to harvest the plums.
- Mr Hewitt, who has the Northern Territory’s first and only commercial harvesting licence, wants to work with western researchers to corroborate and recognise his people’s traditional knowledge about the fruit.