These days, almost everyone is a foodie. Who hasn't caught themselves in a trance watching those food preparation videos before – they make cooking look so easy! And, of course, who doesn't enjoy finding a new weekend brunch spot with your closest mates?
So when you're visiting a new place, the local food is almost always one of the first things you want to learn (read: taste) more about. The quirkier the food, the better – trying something new is half the fun, after all.
If you're visiting Tasmania, your taste buds are in for a real treat. Some of these foods are like nothing you've ever had before, and many can be found at a local market. Here's what you have to look forward to:
This might sound terrifying at first, but pig face (aka Carpobrotus Rossii) is an edible succulent found in the coastal sand dunes of Tasmania. Crack them open, and you'll find pink fruit with a delicious, salty-sweet flavour. You can toss it together with some fresh fruit like strawberries or kiwi and create a really tasty salad.
The cool climate of Tasmania makes for mild summers and long autumns – a combination which is perfect for a world renowned pinot noir. In fact, Discover Tasmania reported that the regional wine is so good, that it has been winning awards since the 1840s. If you're in the area, you have to stop at a vineyard to try a sip right from the source.
Found in the Tasmanian dry forests, the running postman (aka Kennedia Prostrata) can be gathered to make a tea. The bright red flowers can be put right into hot water, causing the sweet nectar to flavour the water for a yummy morning pick-me-up.
Tasmania is the largest supplier of wild abalone in the entire world.
Tasmania is the largest supplier of wild abalone in the entire world. If you're a seafood lover, then you have to head right to the coast to try this shell's tender meat. The government works hard to ensure the marine environment in the area is kept free of pollution – freshness which translates right into the wild abalone (and your taste buds).
You know truffles are incredibly rare (and tasty), but in Tasmania, they are so rare that the first black truffle wasn't found until 1999, reported Tasmania Top 10. These truffles are now shipped around the world for esteemed chefs, but you can get them fresh when you visit the area.
Of course, as you jump from market to market, don't forget you can stop by Mood Food for scrumptious treats and coffee. We have everything you need to satisfy your hunger cravings.