Ark of Taste - Protecting Biodiversity

The Ark of Taste is an international project that counts over 3000 products worldwide that are at risk of becoming extinct due to industrial agriculture, the standardisation and large-scale distribution of global food markets, and environmental issues. Slow Food Australia's Ark of Taste reflects our country's vast landscape of diverse climates, cultures and unique flora and fauna - from Queensland's native Bunya nut to Victoria's heritage pear varieties.

Particularly important for the Australian Ark are foods from the traditional diets of indigenous Australians and cultures, such as the Pindan walnut from Western Australia and Finger limes from Australia’s East Coast, and post-colonisation food and culture. These wild foods reflect not only exciting and largely unknown nutritional and flavour profiles, but also the great importance of cultural knowledge and landscapes and the passing on of that knowledge. The Australian Ark currently includes 23 products, with a lot more in the nomination stage. With our unique flora and fauna, we hope to add many more to the Ark. Anyone, anywhere can nominate a food to the Ark of Taste! Here is what it takes to be on the Ark of Taste:

  • Endangered: produced in limited quantities, these foods will not be around in another generation or two without immediate action. Risk factors may be biological, commercial or cultural.
  • Good: Ark of Taste products are prized by those who eat them for their special taste or process
  • Clean: No engineered foods here; everything on the Ark of Taste is linked to the place and community that protects them, and has the potential to be grown, raised or produced without harm to the environment.
  • Fair: to keep these food traditions alive take many hands. No commercial or trademarked items are allowed on the Ark, only foods that anyone may champion, produce, share or sell.

Know of a product that should board the Ark of Taste? Let us know! nomination forms here.

Australian Ark of Taste coordinator: Vince Velletri


What is Ark of Taste?

Angasi Oyster

Angasi Oyster

The Angasi oyster (Ostrea angasi), also called the southern mud oyster or flat oyster, is a large, rounded oyster...


Bull Boar sausage

The Bull Boar is a beef and pork sausage produced by the Italian-speaking Swiss population of the Victorian Gold...


Bunya Nuts

The bunya tree (Araucaria bidwillii) is the last surviving species in the world of the section bunya of the...


Bush Coconut

Bloodwood Gall, Merne arrkirlpangkwerle (Northern Territory) Aboriginal people have eaten native bushfoods for several thousands of centuries on the...

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Central Australian Wild Plum

In central Australia, the wild plum (Santalum lanceolatum) is a clonal shrub about 3 m high with drooping, bluish-green,...


Dairy Shorthorn cattle

Dairy Shorthorn cattle breed is a worldwide critically-endangered dual-purpose (ie. milk and beef) breed of cattle, whose numbers have...

desert quandong

Desert Quandong

The desert quandong (Santalum acuminatum), also known as the native peach, is a shrub or small tree up to...


Finger Lime

A thorny subtropical and dry rainforest shrub in the coastal border region of Queensland and New South Wales, Australia


Galloway cattle

Galloways are a landrace breed originating in southwest Scotland and are said to be one of or the oldest,...


Honey, KI Ligurian bee

This honey is produced only on Kangaroo Island by Ligurian bees (Apis mellifera ligustica) originally imported in the 1880s....


Leatherwood Honey

Leatherwood honey is, as its name suggests, the honey that bees produce from the nectar of the Leatherwood (Eucryphia...


Murray Cod

The Murray cod (Maccullochella peelii) is a large Australian predatory freshwater fish. Although the species is called a cod...

swan valley sun dried muscat grape

Muscat (sundried), Swan Valley

The Muscat grape (Vitis vinifera Gordo Blanco) can trace its origin back to ancient Egypt and Persia, where it...


Perry Pears

Gin, Green Horse, Moorcroft, Red Longdon and Yellow Huffcap Perry is a fermented alcoholic beverage, which can be either...


Pindan Walnut

The Pindan walnut (Terminalia cunninghamii), also known as the “Kalumburu almond,” is native to the north western coast of...

Smooth Davidson's Plum

Plum, Davidson / Smooth

Davidson’s plum (Davidsonia jerseyana) and the smooth Davidson’s plum (Davidsonia Johnsonii) are both endangered fruit species indigenous to a...


Rosella jam

Rosella (Hibiscus sabdariffa) is a species of hibiscus native to the tropics of the northern hemisphere. It is well...


Wessex Saddleback Pig

Originating from the New Forest in southern England, this breed was a foraging breed for over ten centuries, thriving...