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Australian edible plants (bush tucker)

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RICHY T starts with ...
any one with any info on and bushfood taste any cooking tips how long it took the plant to fruit after planting ect cheers
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RICHY T
QLD central east coast
15th June 2010 3:50pm
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Diana says...
Hi Richy,

I have a few bush tucker plants in the garden, including orange berry, cedar bay cherry, sandpaper fig, atherton raspberry, finger lime, midyim, native ginger, rose myrtle, lemon aspen and macadamia. We have been in the house two and a half years, so most of these are one to one and a half years old (except for the new lemon aspen). Out of these, the orange berry, midyim, atherton raspberry and sandpaper fig have fruited. The orange berry tastes OK but it has a large seed and thin layer of fruit. I like the raspberry and the sandpaper fig is really nice too. The rose myrtle is not doing very well. I've never cooked any of these. Some of the nicest bush fruit is native to Queensland.

Thanks,

Diana.
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15th June 2010 7:46pm
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Charles cant spell says...
Try this place its QLD - http://www.witjutigrub.com.au/
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Perth Innaloo
17th June 2010 2:31am
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RICHY T says...
i have lots of syzygiums not old enought to fruit but there fast growing my lemon myrtles are growing really well and smell really nice good to plant around the house i ahve davidson plums are growing quickly but only had them for couple of months so not old enough to fruit i recnetly got a finger lime dont know how long it will take to fruit but cant wait for that also got some beach cherries growing now but there also new so i hope the grow well have u tried growing any of ur fruiting trees from there seeds
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24th June 2010 7:51pm
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Rev says...
Davidson plum grows by seeds just fine if its fresh.
itd def be my pick of all the native fruits

szyzygiums im not impressed with overall, not the natives and not the asian species. as a genus its kind of got "FAIL" written all over it as Human food. Good if youre a possum though...

Im hoping to try S fibrosum. Till then...

quite a few other 'natives' actually are asian plants.
For example Herbert river cherry
is known in indonesia as Buni
its a good timber tree they use to build rice storage houses.

The better Aussie Rubus species ive also seen over there

Weve got all the right native genera
Musa, Prunus, passiflora, citrus, pouteria
even our own Jujube
but it just hasnt evolved into anything remotely appetising

i guess thats why we are all such keen fruitists! necessity being the mother of invention!
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Rev
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26th June 2010 4:10am
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amanda says...
Are Beach cherries the same as Cedar Bay cherry? Richy T - I have a Cedar bay but they don't produce much fruit at all - u will need quite a few to get a feed. Mine is really awful in taste (ex Daleys) it has to be almost squishy b4 the resinous taste barely acceptable (for me) I don't know if they are all like this. They took 2 yrs to fruit.
That's all I have (and maca's). Like Rev says - my research didn't really turn up anything that sounded all that appetising (IMO). And I was able to taste some bush foods on a long journey over the top end.
I guess it depends on your reasons for growing them - as novelty taste/plant or for serious eating?
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amanda19
Geraldton. WA
26th June 2010 11:10am
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HappyEarth says...
I think Aussie bush tucker plants are mainly a novelty, although there are some good ones out there that are worth growing:

1. Macadamia - not explanation needed here
2. Davidson plum - plum-sized purple fruits with lots of flesh, stunning tree. Fruits sour but are awesome in smoothies, jams etc
3. Finger Lime - great for garnishing salds, fish
4. Atherton raspberry - not as good as the traditional raspberry but easy to grow and highly productive. Fruits mainly in the middle of winter here
5. Black Apple - plum-sized fruits with plenty of flesh, need to track down a good cultivar
6. Cedar Bay Cherry - I like them, they taste great, sweet and juicy. Hard to grow in cooler climates.

Rich
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HappyEarth1
Wollongong
26th June 2010 11:24am
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Rev says...
Ive been pretty unimpressed by atherton raspberry
Ive eaten then Across the atherton at paluma, Near malanaganee, nsw,
i swear i even found it growing in highland bali!
Its a vigorous plant and can be just acceptable. best one was from a patch near malanganee under hoop pines

By far the better rubus was R moluccanus from near ballina? they were actually quite good

Breeders have crossed European and American brambles to get better fruits
I wondered if a cross between Australian and asian, or cultivated species might draw better value from them.Unfortunately my Atherton raspberry and R idaeus never synchronised flowering for me to try

to do it youd emasculate the flowers before they become receptive
and then when they are, transfer pollen from the donor to the flower

as for spices and flavourings, native species include

-Tas pepper
-Lem mytrle
-Noni (leaf used in SE asian cooking)(tropical)
-Native parsley (South coast)
-Samphire (South australian species)
-Bush tomato (Desert)
-Native Capparis (Caper) species
-desert lime
-Quandong - for tart sauces

theres lots of native cinnamomum, but nothing that seems usable
Also Cryptocarya, theres one in indo called massoi, its delicious. High notes of toasted coconut and an cassia type afternote. We have lots of cryptocarya might be worth investigating

cloves are really just another szyzygium type tree with a lilly pilly type fruit. maybe we should be examinig the dried flower buds of our syzygiums and forgetting the fruits

unfortunately our native pepper (P caninum ) while once being used as a sub for P cubeb, contains a compound that may be toxic to intracellular mechanisms, nasty.

in my next garden ill be incorporating the above
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krazykangaroo says...
Hi all, I have just started bushfoods wiki and hope that anyone who likes to will add their knowledge (and perhaps better writing skills than I have).

The address is [url http://aussiebushfoods.wikispaces.com[/url]

Please join and add some info when you have a few spare moments and some pictures if you have any. If this wiki becomes popular I will buy a URL for it that is easier to remember.
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Casterton, vic
16th February 2011 9:00am
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Linton says...
Here you can see some information about Bush Tucker foods being grown by aboriginal communities in the Kimberley Region of North-Western Australia.

http://eon.org.au/media/FlippingBook/BushTucker%20Datasheets/catalogue.html

Click on the page to make it larger or on the bottom right corner to turn the page.
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Linton
Springvale, Vic
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Edward3 says...
Hi Happyearth.
I wanted to ask you about the Cedar Bay Cherry. I bought the plant some years ago from Daleys and it is now producing fruit BUT, while the fruit is very decorative, I find there is almost nothing to eat. It's mainly seed surrounded by a very thin layer of flesh which is not juicy or particularly sweet or tasty. I was tempted to pull the plant out but ehn I read your description Which is quite different. Any comment? Does the fruit vary from year to year? I live in Sydney, so would have expected similar results to you.
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CARLINGFORD,2118,NSW
5th April 2017 2:18pm
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denise1 says...
I have grown them from several different sources. Some have scant flesh as you describe and others much better. They appreciate growing in a container rather than open ground. The nicest foliage ones are often the best for eating too. I have yet to find a sweet one but they are ok.
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