Bush tomato is native to the central deserts of Australia, in Western Australia, the Northern Territory and northern South Australia. A significant proportion of fruit reaching the market as bush tomato products is wild-sourced from the deserts of central Australia, over a two-month period of the year.
Bush tomato has a strong flavour which has been described as earthy caramel and tomato with a pungent aftertaste. The sun-dried fruit may be eaten directly after harvest but are generally further dried and ground to be used as a spice or flavouring.
Bush tomato is a good source of vitamin C, selenium and iron.