An Introduction to Australian Cuisine

40,000 to 60,000 years ago, Indigenous Australians developed a hunter gatherer diet called “bush tucker”. This diet refers to any of the country’s flora and fauna used for medicinal or culinary purposes. From 1788 to the 1900s, Irish and British traditions powerfully influenced the country’s culinary tastes. This includes agricultural products such as beef cattle, wheat, and sheep, which became staples in an Australian diet. The country’s post-war multicultural migration program resulted to a diverse diet that focused mainly on Mediterranean and East Asian dishes.

Australian Diet in the 21st Century

21st Century Australian Cuisine
In the 21st century, Australian cuisine shows the effect of globalisation. Many people use biodynamic and organic food items. Others have started incorporating Australian bush foods in their meals. British traditions continue to influence domestic cooking and the fast food sector in different degrees. Roast dinners, fish and chips, and Australian meat pies are popular food choices. Meat is an important part of the Australian diet. Hence, most inhabitants consider barbecue as a tradition in the country.
Aside from fast food, the country also offers many popular nouvelle and haute cuisines. These cuisines exhibit the country’s strong multiculturalism as they include international and local dishes. Modern Australian cuisine embraces contemporary interpretations, adaptations, and fusions of exotic influences. This gives inhabitants and guests an exciting food experience, and puts the country on the map as foodie haven.

Coffee Culture

What sets the country apart from others is its unique coffee culture. Many consider Australia as the world’s most vibrant and developed country in the coffee industry. Italian and Greek immigration greatly influenced the coffee industry of Australia. Greek cafes in Melbourne and Sydney introduced locally roasted coffee in 1910.
In Australia, food and wine represents a region’s heritage and traditions. To get to know a city means to taste their produce and experience their customs.