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The seeds of many Acacia species are edible. The seed of the Elegant Wattle (Acacia victoriae) is regarded by many as the food industry 'standard'. However a number of other species are commonly traded, or of interest, as food. These include Acacia colei, A. Coriacea , Golden Wattle (A. pycnantha), Sandplain Wattle (A. murrayana), Silver Wattle (A. retinodes) and Coastal Wattle (A. sophorae).

After roasting, the flavour is commonly described as 'nutty', with variations in taste between species. Wattle seed are high in protein and have a low glycaemic index and they could be included in diabetic and other specialty diets.

CSIRO is working with Aboriginal communities and Australian industry to help develop the bush foods industry. CSIRO is seeking ways to lower production costs and increase product quality in order to meet the growing demand for a variety of food ingredients from Australian native plants, seeds and fruits.

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