Abstract: A decision tree approach (preferred species analysis) was developed to allow the selection of preferred species for use within a western Queensland bush food industry. This approach has applicability at any level, from states to regions to individual properties, and should also be applicable to any plant with bush food potential. Desert lime, kurrajong, native thyme and quandong are worth investigating further, as may be wild orange, gundabluey and bush tomato. A survey of graziers identified other plants with food potential within western Queensland. These should also be investigated through the preferred species analysis for further consideration.