This close relative of the Mango is a native tropical rainforest tree. The deep purple, fleshy, plum-like fruits need to be held for some days to soften and mellow before eating. Early settlers (probably taught by the Aborigines) were known to bury them in the ground which had the effect of softening them and increasing palatability. The fruit can be eaten raw, or used in wines, jams and jellies. The Burdekin plum is exceptionally hardy and can cope with long dry periods once it is established. It does however prefer free draining soil and lots of sunshine to perform well. Trees are monoecious and will usually set on their own, however they will produce much better yields if they are plants in small clusters of 2-3 trees.
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Subtropical, Warm Temperate
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Customer Comments on Burdekin Plum
As kids living at Bustard Head Lighthouse Station, we used to bury the Burdekin Plums in the sand in a paper bag. Ripened beautifully. Lots of trees growing wild at Boyne Island/Tannum Sands. | Oki Rose - Miriam Vale, QLD 11-Sep-2016
I have a tree on my property the fruit of which has been made into the best wine. The winemaker gave us many bottle that went on to produce VERY popular bolegnaise sause. | Daphne Bawden - Gin Gin, QLD 09-Jun-2014
We have a large burdekin plum tree that produces a bumpa crop of fruits. They are not very tasty as a little astringent but if left to soften a bit better. Haven't tried to make anything with them. Flying fox love them. | Faye Pini - Cooktown, QLD 12-May-2010
I heard a good one recently ...soak overnight with charcoal to soak up the bitterness. this was apparently done by the aboriginals. I have not tried it. If anyone has some ripe fruit I have a lady keen to make jam with it. | Denise Wild - Captain Creek, QLD 05-Jan-2010
A friend just substituted Burdekin Plums for say ordinary plums – boiled up the chopped plums with sugar, removed the seeds (left skin in for jam and strained for a jelly). Very Nice! | Carol Davis - Proserpine, QLD 18-Jun-2009
I use fertiliser for my 1 and half year old plant. I reccomend Osmocote native plants. Availadle from Bunnings warehouse. | Ceilidh O'sullivan - Bundaberg, QLD 07-Oct-2008
Burdekin plums are like paw paw's. you need a male and a female tree to be able to produce fruit. | Ceilidh O'sullivan - Bundaberg, QLD 07-Oct-2008
I made a cordial by boiling the ripe whole fruit & straining the liquid, then added sugar. Does anyone have any jam/jelly recipes? | Frana Mckinstry - Townsville, QLD 26-May-2008
I have a tree grown from seed originating at Mt Perry. A heavy crop after 6 years. I am allowing fruit to ripen and dry in sugar and some salt.When finished I will let all know the result. A bit tart for me as is! | Russell Drinkwater - Eidsvold, QLD 09-May-2008
The dry seeds found under parenting trees can be used to make jewellry beads! Also, throw seeds in fresh water creeks or rivers and they can grow in more places. | Ceilidh O'sullivan - Bundaberg, QLD 28-Apr-2008
Before planting from seed, soak seed in water for 24 hours prior to sowing. | Ceilidh O'sullivan - Bundaberg, QLD 28-Apr-2008
Planting Burdekin Plums from seed. Sow about 4 cm deep, need good quality soil, full sun and needs to be well watered. keep bugs and pests away from the small plant. | Ceilidh O'sullivan - Bundaberg, QLD 28-Apr-2008
The burdekin plum is a good berry to try in fruit cakes | Garry - Katherine, N.T. 06-Sep-2007
You have to store them in a air tight acontainer in the fridge | Alice Ashleigh - Wagga Wagga, NSW 20-Mar-2006
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