I've been asked to put together a thread that shows a few bush-related foods that go well with fish.
I'll concentrate on the ones that are found commonly around the south-coast of NSW and the ACT, because that's the region I'm most familiar with, many of these plants can be found up and down the coast, potentially slightly different varieties.
Lets start with a nice & easy one.
The Lilli Pilli is commonly found from north of Sydney, all the way down the south coast of NSW - typically around coastal regions, and often in areas of current or vestigial rain forest. The tree tends to be around 4 meters high at maturity, but may be dwarfed around regular wind areas.
During winter and spring (depending on the variety), the Lilli Pilli tree will erupt in masses of red, pink, white or blue fruit (around 1cm diameter per fruit, at their largest). Fruit will generally persist into summer in most areas.
Most varieties are fairly astringent
- and generally have a somewhat lemon-ish taste. The fruit responds reasonably well to cooking once the single internal seed is removed, though the addition of sugar (preferably brown) is recommended.
The fruit can be eaten straight from the tree, but I'd recommend choosing the larger more ripe fruit, as they've had a chance to develop a bit of sugar internally. Eat around the seed (like an apple), or squeeze the seed out first.
Generally a good fruit to add in with foil-wrapped fish after removing the seeds, or ripe fruits can be added to a salad in small numbers.
Try flathead or pike, with lemon, honey-soaked lilli pilli, pre-browned/caramelised onion, and sliced apple.