Making Bush Bread

Primary School

Making damper was a very popular activity during our NAIDOC Week celebrations. Also known as bush bread or seedcake, it has been made by Aboriginal people for thousands of years. Traditional damper is made by crushing a variety of native seeds, and sometimes nuts and roots, into a dough and then baking the dough in the coals of a fire. The bread is high in protein and carbohydrate and helped form part of a balanced traditional diet. Millstones for grinding seeds into flour have been discovered that have been dated to 50,000 years old.