5 Native Australian Ingredients You Can Drink

May 31, 2022

Australia is home to a myriad of nutritional native superfoods that have been used as food and medicine for many thousands of years by First Nations people. In present days, these native food sources are the subject of renewed interest due to their incredible nutritional qualities and flavour profiles.

ETCH sparkling drink being poured into a glass

Native Australian plants are unique because they are perfectly suited to our often harsh climate and environment and will grow and thrive naturally without the use of pesticide’s, irrigation or intervention.  This is not only better for the health of our environment, but of course, better for those of us who consume these ingredients.

Native Australian plants are jam packed with nutritional benefits. Studies have confirmed high levels of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, antimicrobial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties in such concentrated quantities that well surpass other introduced fruit and plant species

Here’s our top 5 Australian natives to try 

1. Kakadu Plum

Found naturally in open woodland across Northern Australia, namely in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland.  The Kakadu plum (also known as Gubinge) contains the highest concentration of vitamin C in the world! For example, an orange contains 53mg of vitamin C and a Kakadu plum contains a whopping 2907mg!

You can enjoy this superfood in these non-alcoholic drinks:

Etch APL - Bush Apple, Kakadu Plum

Monday Distillery Dram Sour


2. Fingerlime

A subtropical rainforest plant, the fingerlime contains a powerful punch of citrus flavour in the form of hundreds of caviar like citrus pearls. The pearls hold their shape until you pierce them and they burst in your mouth, guaranteeing a mouthwatering juice explosion With high levels of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, particularly Folate, Potassium and Vitamin C, this fruit is fun, citrusy, tart and tangy all at once. 

Discover native Australian fingerlime in these non-alcoholic drinks:

ETCH ZST - Finger Lime, Lemon Myrtle Rosemary

SOBAH #2 Finger Lime Cerveza


Monday Distillery Mezcalita


3. Mountain Pepperberry

The Mountain Pepper shrub grows in the alpine regions of Tasmania and southeast mainland Australia. With four times the antioxidants of blueberries this plant’s leaves and berries can be used fresh or dried and ground. Both the leaf and berry offer a powerful sweet peppery hit of flavour and are a wonderful Australian native alternative to traditional black pepper.

Drink your native Australian Mountain Pepperberry in these non-alcoholic drinks:

Etch MTN - Mountain Pepperberry, Raspberry


SOBAH #3 Pepperberry IPA


4. Strawberry Gum

Aside from it’s incredible aromatics as you crush the fresh leaves in your hands, this unique, sweet smelling eucalyptus includes powerful antioxidant, anti-fungal and antibiotic properties.  It can aid in balancing the gut micro-flora, which helps to calm the stomach and improve general intestinal health.  Native to the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales, the leaves on this Australian native tree have a number of interesting uses including to enhance the complexity of flavour in food dishes and drinks.

Native Australian Strawberry Gum can be found in these non-alcoholic drinks:

Etch MTN - Mountain Pepperberry, Raspberry


ALTD Spirits Silver Princess

5. Quandong

Also known as a native peach or wild peach, the Quandong is a fruit with a funny name but a delicious peach like flavour!  Found in the semi arid zones of Southern Australia, Quandong fruit offers a good source of antioxidants, contains a high quantity of Vitamin C (twice that of an orange) vitamin A, (which helps to improve skin condition and prevents breakouts), as well as Vitamin E, folate, zinc, magnesium, calcium and iron.

Try it here:

ETCH RNG - Orange & Quandong


About ETCH Sparkling

ETCH Sparkling is an adult range of alcohol free sparkling beverages crafted using sustainably farmed Australian native fruits and herbs. ETCH is the acronym for Every Time Choose Health and their range of sparkling beverages are perfect for those looking for a sugar free sparkling wine alternative, an adult soda option, to pair with your favourite non- alcoholic spirit or as part of a delicious native Australian inspired alcohol-free cocktail.  

I love ETCH because it’s 100% Australian owned and made, the flavours are sophisticated and refined with beautiful aromatics, it’s all natural, contains no preservatives, is hydrating and full of the stunning, true flavours of Australia.

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