The Kakadu plum is a native Australian superfood whose health benefits were long known by the Aboriginal people of the region. In the past 10 years the tiny plum that tastes like a pear and apple combined, has been widely recognised as having more vitamin C than an orange and high in antioxidants.
Now the Mayi Harvest company provides even greater value from this unique plum. Mayi Harvests in the West Kimberley is an Aboriginal bush food business that provides culturally and environmentally sustainable land care methodologies based on traditional ecological knowledge.
Chief executive officer, owner and founder Pat Mamanyjun Torres first started collecting Gabiny or Gubinge, also known as the Kakadu plum by the kilos as a sole trader for 12 years. A renowned local cook, Torres held cooking demonstrations at expos, delivering workshops and presentations sharing stories about her people’s world view on the use of native Australian plants, the original Australian cuisine.
According to thefifthestate.com.au, the company turns over around three tonnes of kakadu plums in a year. In some years it’s collected up to five tonnes. Torres is part of an alliance called the Northern Australian Aboriginal Kakadu Plum Alliance, which harvested 21 tonnes in the 2019/2020 season.