Kurrajong Native Foods is the creation
of Lee Etherington, a passionate naturalist & Foodie who has grown up exploring
Australia’s Deserts, Rainforests and Woodlands. Having experienced Native Foods
from an early age, & having a passion for cooking and unique foods it was a
natural progression for Lee to start experimenting with Australia’s many
business grew from humble beginnings, in his mother’s kitchen toiling over the
first batch of 1.5 litres of Lilli Pilli Conserve after picking and deseeding
the berries from the forest behind his home, Lee initially gave the jam away as
a promotion for his adventure-tour company based in the Blue Mountains
north-west of Sydney.
Right: Erin hand labelling a batch of
Wild Hibiscus Flowers in Syrup in the early days.
People were soon calling back asking to
buy some more of that first delicious creation so he started selling it for a
price that people were willing to pay. Before long people were walking out with
$100 of Kurrajong Native Foods products. Little did Lee know that in one years
time he would be toiling over a much bigger pot for much more time, creating
hundreds of litres of Lilli Pilli Conserve and thousands of jars for
distribution all over the country, handling his first export orders & managing
50 other products, many of which are more popular than his first Lilli Pilli
Kurrajong Native Foods now has several
commercial plantations and contract purchases whole crops of specialist growers
native fruits, nuts, herbs and spices from all over the country.
Right is a picture of one of our plantations of Wild Hibiscus Flowers stretching
as far as the eye can see!
Kurrajong Native Foods comissioned a new, purpose built
factory on January 7th 2008, a huge leap forward for us and also for the native
You can visit our flagship products website at
Here you can also order for delivery within the USA but only of our Wild
Hibiscus Flowers in Syrup.
Through the years there have been many
temptations to change the way we do things, to outsource or mechanise our
production or to compromise on the high percentage weight of the very rarest
fruits we use to make our products. Lee has flatly rejected all of this and we
do not compromise on the quality of our products. Our primary focus is to
produce the highest quality native foods and to support the very few people who
can supply our ingredients in quantity.
Lee has been asked many times why
products such as our Quandong Jam is $9 when there is others available for $4 or
$5. The answer is in the tasting! To compare with one Victorian company, their 'Quandong'
jam actually contains only 3% Quandong! Ours is made up of 38% Quandong and 11%
Buderim Ginger. The bulk of our competitors product is made up of peach &
apricot puree and orange juice! When you consider that Quandong costs us around
$45 per kg you start to understand. But the real difference is in the tasting,
you will not buy that 3% jam again but when you taste the unique rich & spicy
fruitness of Kurrajong Native Foods Quandong jam, you will buy it again and
again and that is quite simply the story of our success!
We have a reputation in the industry as
the producer of the highest quality native foods but more importantly for our
long term prosperity, we are the preferred buyer to deal with amongst the
farmers who grow native foods. This is because we always pay the best prices for
the best fruit, we have integrity, we buy what we say we will buy and we
always pay on time.
So when you purchase our products you
can be assured that you are supporting an ethical business that looks after its
suppliers. You are also getting the best quality native fruit products on the
market & they genuinely are hand made.
If you would like to find out more about
us please contact Lee Etherington via;
Kurrajong Australian Native Foods
Unit 1&2 Industry Rd
P: 61 (0)2 4577 8711
F: 61 (0)2 4577 8722
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