Wattle trees

Acacia gum

The gum of many trees is edible but the best local gum in my books comes from the Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha).

Wattle gum is full of carbohydrates, especially sugars, an is a chewy pick- me-up while in the bush. It is like hard toffee and dissolves slowly in the mouth

The other great ‘bush chewing gum’ comps from the Drooping Sheoak (Allocasuarina verticillata) – it’s so chewy that it’ll stick your theth together so well while it dissolves that I recommend that folks with dentures don’t eat it!