Artisan cheesemaker in Tilba on the verge of making Camembert in colours of the Aboriginal flag using bush tucker ingredients

Artisan cheesemaker in Tilba on the verge of making Camembert in colours of the Aboriginal flag using bush tucker ingredients

It is almost three years since Michael Longbottom joined Tilba Real Dairy to learn the craft of cheesemaking. He now counts among the Far South Coast's artisan food producers with his cheeses that incorporate bush tucker ingredients. Advertisement To mark this year's NAIDOC celebrations Mr Longbottom attempted a world first - Camembert cheese in the colours of the Aboriginal flag. He used orange-red annatto dyes derived from plant seeds, along with black ash salt. The latter is produced by Torres Strait Islanders who burn coconut husks and blend the resulting ash with salt. Even though the colours weren't as prominent as he had hoped when the cheese was revealed on Friday, Mr Longbottom said he was sticking with the theme of this year's NAIDOC celebrations - Get Up! Stand Up! …
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