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Treacle Berries - Smilacina racemosa

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Treacle Berries - Smilacina racemosa - popping up now!

After being asleep underground all Winter the Treacle Berry Plants have just emerged with the coming of Spring.

I wasn't sure if they were still alive all this time and now that they are resprouting I'm hoping for a better crop this year. Best to be kept in pots as they didn't like being out in the ground and hot sun last season.

The delicious bitter sweet flavour tastes just like the Golden Syrup that we used to eat of the tin when we were kids!
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Linton
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Juie 1 says...
Fascinating Linton! Did you grow them from seed?
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Linton says...
Hi Julie

Not from seeds, I bought some small plants originally from Whitehouse Nursery in rural Victoria last year and they fruited within 4 months.

Cheers!
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Linton says...
Treacle Berries still growing strong!

Fruits starting to form now.
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Linton says...
Treacle Berries ready for eating now!

Looks like they are ready to be picked now. Cheers!
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Linton says...
The Treacle Berries have still not been eaten! But they have turned a crimson magenta colour so I tried one and it was sickly sweet with no hint of bitterness so they must be over-ripe.

The flavour was almost identical to Panama Berries and since I can't grow Panama Berries it seems like a perfect alternative.
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John says...
They look good Linton, I wonder if you can get them in Western Australia.
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Linton says...
Hi John

Not sure how they would go in WA as they are a cool climate plant. They can get a bit burnt in strong sun and my plants are growing and fruiting in full shade.

I doubt if the nurseries here would be able to send these plants to WA and they become deciduous in Winter. So you might have a better shot with seeds, cold stratify them over Winter and plant in the Spring. Should grow very rapidly then.

Cheers!
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John says...
Thanks Linton I wouldnt really say that Perth had a cool climate. If I did ever come accross seeds or a plant though I would still give it a shot.
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sternus1 says...
John do you sell that honey? My gf is vegan and struggles to find organic honey. Might be able to trade your something for some too.
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John says...
Sorry Sternus I dont even have bees. There are several people around Gingin though that have bees.
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