Iconic Australian Foods

Iconic Australian Foods

Posted 2014-01-28 by Justine Crowleyfollow
Sausages are also another iconic Aussie food

Australian cuisine has culminated from our indigenous and colonial past. In particular, our indigenous society exudes a rich heritage of occupying Australian land and hunting for their own food. They have done this for around 40,000 - 60,000 years. This ideology was known as the hunter-gatherer or the caveman diet, otherwise referred to as "bush tucker."

From there British influences, and the arrival of Convicts and other historical activities has evolved our food during the eras. Not to mention an influx of different overseas migrants being accepted into the country in boosting Australia's population. Such trends have changed the way Australia eats.

Another trendsetter

If such revolutions did not exist, we would be on a staple diet of emu and kangaroo to name.

However, there are many foods that will always remain Australian, and will stay in vogue regardless of popularity. Note: these are presented to you in order of brainstorming, not in order of preference.

1. Vegemite


Cyril Callister was the genius behind this invention. A form of Vitamin B yeast extract that is designed to be spread on toast, bread and crumpets. Vegemite was not always popular, and had a name change at one stage due to poor sales. Further information on the Vegemite story can be found by clicking here .

2. Macadamia Nuts

Fresh macadamia nuts from a Sydney food hall

This Aussie food enjoys a rich heritage. The macadamia tree grows best in both New South Wales and Queensland. Macadamia nuts are a popular buy in food halls around the country, and also at a Sydney based family business that has been around for 72 years. Their macadamia nuts enjoy the right amount of saltiness, and they taste so fresh - like they've just come from the macadamia nut farm. This particular business (The Nut Shop) house their factory in Sydney's Waterloo.

3. Cherry Ripe

Cherry Ripe

A popular Aussie chocolate bar owned by Cadbury. Australian confectioner MacRobertson's introduced Cherry Ripe into Australia in 1924. Fact: Cherry Ripe is the oldest chocolate bar in Australia, and one of the most popular in terms of sales. Dark chocolate and cherry - so divine.

3. Violet Crumble

Violet Crumble

A popular Australian honeycomb and toffee chocolate bar. Equally as popualr in Hawaii and Hong Kong. This bar is still truly Australian, and is manufactured in Melbourne.

4. Chiko Roll

The Australian version of the iconic spring roll. Was called a Chicken Roll. This food includes meat, celery, cabbage and rice to name. It is then deep fried, and is meant to be eaten on the run and at football matches. Was super popular in the 60's and 70's where over four million chiko rolls were sold.

5. Tim Tams

Tim Tams

A poipular chocolate biscuit invention by Arnott's food technologist Ian Norris in the 1950's. This product launched into the Australian marketplace in 1964.

6. Lamingtons

Beautiful Lamingtons served at a Sydney fivestar hotels buffet restaurant recently.

An Australian dessert invention. Comprises of sponge squares coated with chocolate icing and coconut. Still fairly popular at bakeries and supermarkets. Adriano Zumbo has created his own take on this popular sweet treat at his dessert train at The Star in Sydney.

7. ANZAC Biscuits

A packet of ANZAC cookies

A popular sweet Australian and New Zealand biscuit, named after the ANZAC's in World War I.

8. Pavolva

A meringue based dessert with fruit named after Anna Pavolva, a Russian based ballet dancer. The jury is still out as to whether this sweet is Australia or New Zealand based, yet this sweet was created in the dancers honour on a tour to Australia and then to New Zealand in the 20's.

9. Weet-Bix

Grew up with that jingle that Aussie kids are WeetBix kids

A breakfast cereal low in sugar and high in fibre manufactured by Sanitarium. The Australian Cricket Team endorse this product. Still a popular and healthy breakfast cereal that is known to get soggy if soaked in milk for too long.

10. Meat Pie

Some gourmet meat pies

An Australian icon that is enjoyed at all football matches. Four'N'Twenty is a popular Meat Pie brand.

11. Damper

A traditional Australian bread cooked in front of the campfire. Think the jolly swagman.

12. Kangaroo meat

From the kangaroo species, an Australian native animal. Not as popular here in Australia anymore, however kangaroo meat is mainly exported to foreign countries today.


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