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A native Australian fruit, the Kakadu plum, will be studied as part of a University of Western Australia (UWA)-led project to explore the fruit's viability as a cash crop for Indigenous communities.
Long used by Indigenous people for traditional food and medicine, the Kakadu plum is currently only harvested in the wild in parts of northern Australia. However, its growing popularity has driven demand, with more than 17 Australian and international companies now using it in food and healthcare products.
The Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) has funded the project to examine how to grow Kakadu plums in commercial plantations to help Australia’s fledgling bush tucker industry expand.
Source: FoodProcessing Online