Most of the South Australian saltbushes have edible berries and leaves. The fruits are only small fruit and it would take half a day to get a meal of them, so they’re mainly foraging kind of plants, rather than harvesting. Most contain an inedible seed.

The leaves are tastier in some varieties, and taste great dried and added to meat, or cooked in water.

Here’s some of  the more common varieties that we munch on when walking:


Male Coast Saltbush flowers

Coast Saltbush (Atriplex cinerea)


Rhagodia parabolica

Mealy Saltbush (Rhagodia parabolica)


Enchylanea tomentosa2

Ruby Saltbush (Enchylaena tomentosa)


Seaberry Saltbush

Seaberry Saltbush (Rhagodia candolleana)