Josh Whiteland Guide, Australia

Koomal Dreaming: Cultural Experiences

The forager and guide Josh Whiteland is based in Western Austalia, where he promotes underutilized ingredients in the local society. His company Koomal Dreaming organizes cultural tours of the Bibbulgum and Wardandi regions, which boast quandong, emu plum, saltbush, emu, and kangaroo. Whiteland has argued that Australian chefs are largely ignorant of native ingredients: “The resources are there, but for the individual to [develop] awareness about bush plants, fruits, vegetables and spices, they would really need to immerse themselves within the culture and the land. Then you’ll have a really clear understanding of what is available.”

In this footage from MAD3, Whiteland talks about his work and how it can apply to other regions.