Everybody needs a little Gubinge in their life. G-what you're asking? Gubinge, otherwise known as Kakadu Plum is the Aussie King of Superfoods. Here's the low down.
Gubinge is one of Northern Australia’s best kept secrets: a native bush fruit with extraordinary levels of vitamin C. For generations, gubinge has been recognised for its medicinal value by Aboriginal communities.
Vitamin C Heavyweight Champion
These humble nuggets of fruit are said to be the world's richest natural source of vitamin C. Now, after centuries of growing virtually unnoticed to the outside world, the secret is out. Tests have confirmed what indigenous Australians have suspected for centuries that the typical vitamin C that we find in the raw plums is about 1.5 per cent by weight. To put that in some perspective, that's roughly about 500 to 1,000 times higher than you would get in a normal orange.
Environmental Stress = Highly Nutritious
In the Kimberleys, they do not irrigate the Gubinge or cultivate it using typical commercial horticultural techniques. Essentially, those precious vital phytonutrients (the antioxidants within the plant) allow the plant to survive the harsh conditions and make the plant more resilient. Like some of the superfoods grown high in the Andes, the level of environmental stress present in its natural environment makes the plant stronger and more densely rich in antioxidants. It's these nutrients that get passed onto you when you start to include it in your diet which do all kinds of wonderful things to your health.
Here is what is amazing: to make Gubinge powder they take the whole frozen fruit, dehydrate it at 40ºC for 16 hours and then mill it into a powder, so all they have done is take away the water: everything else is there in the powder.
So basically you take the Gubinge powder and your body can use every skerrick because it is a complete, whole food. And we now know that whole foods are the way to go because they are the complete package. Mucking around with foods (think skim milk or low fat foods) makes them lack vital nutrients and offer no value to our diet. In fact, they can have quite the opposite effect of making us sick.
Sick and tired of feeling sick and tired? Gubinge is for YOU.
Including a superfood like Gubinge in your diet can make an amazing difference to your overall health which directly boosts your immunity, energy and your body's ability to fight off illness and disease and because it is local to our environment – it is perfect for those of us living in Australia. We are a product of our environment and local food and produce is most assimilated by our bodies.
You'll find gunbinge (and other superfoods) in many of our Loving Earth products now available at Live Well.