We would like to acknowledge the Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri peoples of the Kulin nation, traditional Custodians of the land on which we work and live. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. We extend that respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander elders of all communities who also work and live on this land.
Michelle Edwards and Daniel Fischl are winemakers and viticulturlists who want to work and support the native food crops Australia has to offer. They have worked with monocultures too long. Their love and curiosity for Australian Indigenous culture and history led them to read Bruce Pascoe's brilliant book Dark Emu in which he educates people about Aboriginal Australians as sophisticated farmers. The author highlighted yam daisies as some of Australia's earliest agriculture yet Michelle and Dan could not find this incredibly important herb anywhere.
The search was on!!! The aim was to grow and increase visibility of yam daisy and explore its flavours, chemistry and varied uses. There is a need to create and celebrate a connection between Australians and this great and ancient land and yam daisy is one way of achieving this while shortening the food chain,
Through humble farming, food fermentation, patience and more patience, Michelle set out to create a flavourful representation of yam daisy that is simple-to-use, delicious and full of probiotics for a healthy gut. Along the way this idea gained traction and support by a CSIRO research grant as well as an Agrifutures entrepreneurial stream. This encouragement has fueled more DaisyYam seasoning expansion, research, and development
Michelle and Dan will continue to grow and explore DaisyYam seasoning so it can get into your food-passionate hands. We would like to invite you to explore the flavours of Australia and stimulate those enthusiastic taste receptors. No recipes required.
Murnong for Daisyyam Seasoning is grown on an urban farm in Melbourne, Victoria. Plants are lovingly tended and cared for by the Fischl family using organic farming practices and heaps of trial and error.
Possible future expansion site is in Colbinabbin, Victoria on ancient Jarra Jarra country where murnong reportedly grew for many, many centuries.
It is Michelle 's and Dan's great hope that some day yam daisies will be sourced directly from First Nations People. It is their land , always was, always will be.