I was inspired to paint this landscape of saltbush on Kangaroo Island, recalling a holiday to this beautiful location.
Old Man Saltbush is a familiar sight over large areas of Australia. It is a sprawling grey-blue shrub. Of recent years it has also become popular as a garden plant.
Indigenous Australians mostly collected the minute Saltbush seeds to grind and roast for damper. These days its fresh leaves are coveted by chefs. They utilise the large fresh or blanched Saltbush leaves as a wrap-around meat or fish, in salads or as a leafy bed for grilled meat or vegetables.
The leaves are also dried for use in bread, as well as low sodium seasoning on grills, pasta and dukkah.