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Botanical Name: Aleurites moluccana

A north Qld native, this large rainforest tree has a spreading crown of large leaves. The brown fruit envelopes the highly nutritious nuts that are delicious roasted. Commonly used in Indonesian dishes, curry pastes and as a meat tenderiser. The nuts should not be eaten raw as the toxin in the oil can induce nausea and vomiting. The early settlers found that the high oil content of the nuts enabled them to burn with a smoky flame for up to 20 minutes.
Weed Warning: This large rainforest tree is a north Qld native, however it is a very vigorous self seeder and can cause concern outside of its local area, producing an abundance of the brown fruit.

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$17.90 1 Seedling Pot: 0.5L
Height: 20-30cm


$14.90 0 Seedling Pot: 0.75L
Height: 40-50cm
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Candle Nut For Sale (Size: Medium)  (Grown from Seed) Leaf of the Candle Nut

Plant Information or Specifications

Preferred Climate

Subtropical, Tropical
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Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions)


Plants required to Pollinate

1 (Self Pollinating)
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Can it Handle Frosts?


Amount of leaves in Winter?

All Leaves (Evergreen)

Fruiting/Harvest Months

, February, March


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Candle Nut

Terrastrega's Edible Fruits
Update: 2262 days 11hrs

Comments: - Bought this as a seedling from a local nursery. Had it in the pot for a couple of years and a bit neglected. Finally planted in the ground and at the moment is doing all right. Delicious nuts used in cooking curries.

Planted: 2013

Height 1 metres

Growing: In the Ground

Pollination: Self Pollination

Question: How much sunlight does it need?

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KentonBrown1 says... [1159 days 9hrs ago]
Candlenut is originally from Indonesia. It provides weight loss by removing the fats from the body and also clear the skin. This content can give you more information about candle nut and its benefits.
Debd671 says... [582 days 9hrs ago]
will it fruit in a pot and if so how often would you water it
Farouk says... [499 days 8hrs ago]
Yes we buy them from the Indonesian grocery store here in Syd which my wife crushes & uses in her Indonesian cooking, i'm negotiating it if I should plant one at parents home.

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