The Sunshine Coast has a diverse flora with over 1600 species (including fungi). Many plants are useful in some way eg. for materials, medicinal or some are edible.
CAUTION! Never eat a plant or fungi without knowing first whether or not it is safe to eat.
Some of the Sunshine Coast’s edible natives are very well known. For example, the Bunya Pine (Araucaria bidwillii), and the Macadamia Nut (Macadamia integrifolia). The beautifully aromatic leaves of the Lemon Myrtle (Backhousia citriodora (myrtifolia) are also very well known, especially as a cup of refreshing tea.
Then there’s also the tree species with edible fruits that can be eaten raw or made into jam. Perhaps you’ve tried: the Native Tamarind (Diploglottis australis); the Lilli Pilli’s (Syzygium sp.); Sandpaper Fig (Ficus coronata); Native Mulberry (Pipturis argenteus); or the Native Guava (Rhodomyrtus psidioides).
Native bushes with edible berries include: Midyim Berry (Austromyrtus dulcis); Native Raspberries (Rubus sp.); Bolwarra (Eupomatia laurina) and Native Ginger (Alpinia caerulea).
Native vines comprise: Millaa Millaa vine (Elaegnus triflora); Apple Berry (Billardiera scandens); and – with its edible tuber – the native yam (Dioscorea transversa); Warrigal Greens (Tetragonia tetragonioides) which grows on sand dunes and can be cooked and eaten like spinach.
There are many more of course but these are some of the more well known natives you might want to try planting in your garden and working into your meals.
At the Eumundi Sunken Garden we have started planting some edible bush tucker plants. Our beautiful Midyim berries are fruiting at the moment (see below).