Kakadu Plum

The Plant
The Kakadu Plum is not just endemic to the Kakadu Region but is found right across the Top End from East Arnhem Land in the east to the Country around the Dampier Peninsula and Broome in the Kimberley, the top western region of WA. The tree is prolific in these coastal woodland regions and the mature trees are tall and slender with a wide canopy and a spreading habit. They have broad, large , green leaves and the fruit, which hangs in small clusters, ripens in summer. A mature tree can yield up to 50kg of fruit in a good season.
The fruit is commonly known as Kakadu Plum but this is a whitefella name that does not reflect the deep affinity and pride that many Indigenous people across the Top End have for this important food tree. 
The Kakadu Plum was an important source of nutrients for the the people of the Top End. They would eat the fruit as they travelled around their Country , enjoying it as a fresh, pick-me-up snack, and the fruit with its amazing nutritional properties delivered  a huge Vitamin C hit, amongst many other nutrients. Today, this remains an important food plant, the knowledge about the tree and its dreaming passed from generation to generation. Today it is also a hugely important economic resource for the people of this region and the Kakadu Plum (or Gubinge or Murunga or other name) industry is growing powered by innovative Indigenous growers and harvesters and producers.
Most of our fruit comes from the West Kimberly region and East Arnhem Land and is harvested in a traditional and sustainable manner by our Indigenous partners.
Culinary Uses
A freshly picked Kakadu Plum is  pleasantly acidic and refreshing, with a light citrus aftertaste. It has a subtle flavour, and it looks nothing like a plum!  It looks like a small olive, and the structure of the fruit is more like that of a mango.
The fruit is suited for making delicate sauces and desserts and we love to put Kakadu Plums in Vodka and let them steep for an amazing flavour. And of course we think it makes a mean Kakadu Plum Sweet chilli sauce ! Did you know that just one tablespoon of our Kakadu Plum Sweet Chilli Sauce will provide 21% of your daily Vitamin C requirement - who said a sweet chilli sauce couldn't be good for you! 
Fresh or even frozen Kakadu Plums are difficult to find, so we have made a freeze dried Superfruit powder from the fruit. This powder is a potent extract and just one gram of this powder will provide you with your daily requirement of Vitamin C , so a tiny amount goes a very long way! Just use a sprinkle to your breakfast bowl of cereal or muesli, sprinkle over porridge or add to a smoothie.
 
Health Benefits

Kakadu Plum is a true Australian superfruit and superfood as it is just jam packed with nutrients.

  • Kakadu Plum has the highest fruit content of Vitamin C of all fruits, tested world wide to date. What a huge claim but it's true! Testing has indicated that the Kakadu Plum has over 3200mg of Vitamin C per 100g fruit, which is far in excess of traditional sources of Vitamin C such as citrus or blueberry. An orange which has long been valued as a fruit source if vitamin C has only 50 mg of Vitamin C per 100 g by comparison!
  • If you were to eat only 100gm of Kakadu Plum fruit (no stones!) you would be ingesting 3200% of the average daily value of Vitamin C! 
  •  Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that supports the immune system, cognition, collagen synthesis, iron absorption, and heart health.
  • Freeze-drying allows us to keep all of the nutrients in a concentrated shelf stable form.
  • Just 1 gm of freeze-dried Kakadu Plum will provide you with more than your daily recommended amount of Vitamin C
  • Kakadu Plums have extraordinarily high levels of active antioxidants .The potent antioxidants found in Kakadu Plum protects your body from damage caused by reactive molecules known as free radicals  Antioxidants in Kakadu Plums include gallic acid, ellagic acid, flavonoids and carotenoids- it really is a powerhouse for fighting off free radials and assisting our immune system - now more important than ever. 
  • If that wasn't enough, Kakadu Plum is a very high fruit source of lutein which assists eye health and helps protect our eyes from the effects of blue light that we are exposed to from our computers and devices.
  • Kakadu Plum antioxidants act as an anti-inflammatory 
  • Kakadu Plum is also a fruit source of essential minerals including iron, zinc, magnesium and also calcium. And Kakadu Plum helps the absorption of iron and other minerals in our bodies.
  • Additionally, it is rich in copper, an essential mineral,  which is used to form red blood cells, bones, connective tissue, and important enzymes, as well as support proper immune system function and foetal development 
  • Kakadu Plum fruit is a good source of dietary fibre, which protects against constipation, colon cancer, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and promotes gut health and blood sugar control.

So a very little Kakadu Plum goes a very long way! No wonder we call it a superfood

 


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