Old Man Saltbush

Atriplex nummularia

Atriplex nummularia


common name

Old man saltbush.

traditional use

Traditionally, its seeds were used as a food source by the Aboriginal people. 

part used

Leaves and flower sprays.


All year round.

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The leaves are salty in flavour and rich in protein, antioxidants and minerals. The flower sprays taste a little like popcorn.


Leaves may be treated like a leafy vegetable, enjoyed blanched, sautéed, wrapped around meat or fish, used in salads, or for stuffing poultry. Alternatively, they may be dried and used as a herb or sprinkle.