'the highest natural source of vitamin C on the planet'
:: Wild Crafted Gubinge (Kakadu Plum) Kakadu Powder from the Kimberleys in Western Australia - with 13% Vitamin C. Harvested by the Nyul Nyul people. All profits from this product get sent back to the Nyul Nyul people.
Gubinge is the Nyul Nyul language name for the Kimberley version of the Kakadu Plum. It is wildharvested from the Dampier Peninsula just north of Broome and is the highest natural source of vitamin C on the planet. Bruno Dann (Winnawal) is bringing back to his community the ancestral traditional ways of taking care of the land and the Gubinge trees, which is helping restore the amazing bush in this region. Loving Earth has processed the fresh fruit simply by dehydrating it at 40ºC for 16 hours and then milling it into a powder. All the profits that we receive from the sale of this product will be sent back to the Nyul Nyul community in the Kimberleys.
Serving Size 3g
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Nyul Nyul Wildharvested Gubinge (The kimberley version of the Kakadu Plum) - the world's highest natural souce of Vitamin C. Bruno (Winawaal) is bringing back the traditional ways of taking care of the land, to restore the amazing bushland on the Dampier Peninsula.
To the uneducated eye the bush looks quite uninteresting, just scrubby shrubs and low wooded trees. Whereas for Winawaal and his people this is paradise, containing everything they need to nourish and sustain their bodies and souls in a perfect state of contentment.
It is the wet season and the sky is a constant play of dark menacing clouds dumping showers of rain and fluffier billowing white clouds interspersed with sunshine. The landscape is filled with greens, not the deep greens of the forest but rather lighter more vivid greens. It is gubinge season and we are wandering through the bush looking for the elegant looking gubinge trees.
Gubinge is one of the aboriginal superfoods it has been confirmed to be the highest natural source of vitamin C on the planet even higher than the camu camu berry of the peruvian amazon. It is a bush plum, iridescent light greeny yellow in colour about the size of an olive with a seed in the middle very similar to an olive. When Winawaal holds out a handful of them to me they kind of glow against his dark skin. Curious I began eating them on the first morning as we were picking, finding their tangy astringent flavour neither particularly attractive nor distasteful. On the second day of picking I found myself eating more and more of these little plums and then I realized that I was craving them. I also noticed how energized I felt and light and happy. Neither was I as hungry as I normally would be especially when camping in the bush.
While it was the gubinge that called me to visit this remote and exotic part of Australia, the thing that most impacted me on my visit was the traditional culture of landcare that Winawaal was working so hard to resurrect again. I remember when I was at university in the late 80’s a good friend of mine was writing a thesis trying to show how the aboriginal people “cultivated” the land because this was a crucial part of establishing native title to the land in the eyes of the current legal system. A lot of white Australians have a kind of romantic view of the Australian aboriginals as a semi-nomadic hunter-gatherer culture and I guess this is what it looks like from the outside. However once one begins scratching the surface a highly sophisticated and evolved culture begins to reveal itself.
Following is a quote from Winawaal, which serves as one small scratch on the surface:Today I spend my time caring for the land and carrying on the traditions of my old people. Nyul Nyul people are coming back to country through programs set up by the government but it is still not enough to be really successful and we are looking for outside help. I use the elders our professor's knowledge of the land for our land caring practices. Fire has become a real problem because when the Nyul Nyul people left the land it was not managed by anyone. Strip burning in the right season does no damage to the bush or wildlife. We prune deadwood off the trees and clean up excessive fuel creating cold burns. Leaves stay green on the trees and birds nests are safe, lizards and snakes have time to leave, the bush honey fly still has flowers to make honey and it is only the grass on the ground that is burnt. Fire can be a friend or a deadly enemy if it is not controlled. We knew this and that's why we were prepared and kept our country clean. The government have never thought of asking us how we cared for country. They were so ignorant to think we knew nothing about a land we inhabited for thousands and thousands of years. It is only today that some people are showing an interest in our land caring techniques. In our culture every living thing has a purpose on this earth and we respect them. My Grandfathers, Gulloords and Grandmothers, Mimis could communicate with nature and knew about the medicines available to us in our country. It was a shame they didn't get to share their knowledge because it might have helped a lot of people today.
On our walks through the bush Winawaal would be constantly stopping and telling different stories about the bark of this tree and the sap of that tree, then about different landscape features and the leaves, flowers and animals and I could see that there was no end to the depth of knowledge and insight his culture had about the country they lived in. At the end of my stay with Winawaal I had the profound insight that the aboriginal culture’s relationship to the land was one of service, of serving the land, rather than the common western approach of exploitation or having the land serve us.
We have been working with wildcrafted foods for several years now. Sourcing various wildcrafted foods from indigenous groups in Mexico, Peru and China. Truly wildcrafted foods are beyond organic foods in many ways. However we have also seen the term wildcrafted begun to be used quite loosely and now we see the importance of developing standards – like the international organic standards – whereby wildcrafted operations can be audited to ensure that they are truly wildcrafted, using sustainable techniques. This is becoming more and more important with the growing consumer demand for “wildcrafted foods”. An independent certification standard would protect consumers from being misled by non-transparent marketing campaigns and protect natural resources that are in demand from being abused.
We believe a truly wildcrafted operation has to be managed by indigenous communities in their traditional way of managing the land. When a product is wildcrafted in this way it is charged with the power of the traditional indigenous cultural practices. Although these vary widely between each ecosystem and culture the general principles are: that the essential spirit of the product is honoured and the ecosystems in which they grow are also honoured and this creates the highest quality product. A great example of this is the tests showing higher levels of vitamin C in gubinge grown in the wild in the traditional manner compared to the plums grown with modern irrigation and other horticultural techniques.
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