Kakadu Plum Co
About Kakadu Plum Co
It started back in 2015 when founder, Tahlia Mandie, saw everyday Australians opt for international superfoods for their health benefit. A little puzzled and not really liking this movement, she asked if Australia had its own superfood knowing instinctively about bush tucker foods. They released our first product, Kakadu Plum Powder at the end of 2015 after taking a punt that Australia would hopefully embrace our Indigenous bush foods. And they did! Soon after they released Lemon Myrtle with Kakadu Plum followed with Wattleseed. And it hasn't stopped.
Tahlia become more and more connected to the Indigenous people and community harvesting Kakadu Plums. While on country in January 2017 she learnt about all the other bush foods growing on land. Though they're still small, and now have more than Kakadu Plum Powder, staying true to our roots: embrace Indigenous culture everyday through food.
At Kakadu Plum Co. we commit ourselves to being able to contribute to the Aboriginal Indigenous communities. The value and magic of native Indigenous bush food has been generally unknown to non-Indigenous people for years. Now, Kakadu Plum Co. wants to bring awareness about the importance and value of not only Kakadu Plum, but the Australian Native Food Industry as a whole.
By increasing awareness we hope to expand the cultivating process that not only will provide more fruit for everyone to enjoy, but will hopefully provide a greater working ecosystem for Aboriginal families and communities that often lack funds and resources to sustain the growing demand. Our Kakadu Plum Powder has been wild harvested from a community in the Kimberly Region that is managed by Traditional Owner Bruno Dann and his partner Marion.
Bruno was part of the stolen generation. No one could keep him away from his traditional land and wilderness heritage. Bruno and Marion have developed cultural tours and workshop, teaching the ways of the traditional Nyul Nyul people while similarly promoting land care and management. The picking season goes from December to March, depending upon the weather. The pickers and harvesters get paid a fair and ethical wage per kilo, so come Kakadu Plum season, everyone gets out on the land and picks. It is a project of sustainability and stability for the Aboriginal people. For one specific community, the harvest period of collecting about six tonnes of fruit can inject over $60,000 back into the community.
The Kakadu Plums are 100% wild. That is, they are grown on the land, with absolutely nothing but the natural earth, water and environment sustaining them. It is more organic than organic. The plums are then dried and milled into a fine powder, making our Kakadu Plum Powder. Through the continued purchases of our products, we are able to continue to buy stock and product from the Aboriginal communities. Without these purchases, without you, we would not be able to make this impact.
Why we love Kakadu Plum
They're high quality, unique Australian super foods. Good for our bodies and good for the communities involved in the harvest. We love that the plums are wild harvested and that Kakadu Plum Co is committed to supporting the livelihood of these communities and encouraging their traditions. In addition to this, their products are intentionally packaged by a company that employes differently-abled (or disabled if you prefer) people, providing employment opportunities to those that might otherwise find it difficult.