Thursday, January 31, 2008

I have Bush Tucker

On the weekend when I was out the back pulling up some of my dreaded Caltrop I noticed some of my "Native Weeds" had some pretty little pink berries on them, looking similar to a pomegranate seed (fleshy around the outside with a seed in the middle).....hmmm interesting....Photo from: http://www.anbg.gov.au/gnp/gnp13/enchylaena-tomentosa.html

Once back at work I asked our environmental guys what it would be, and we consulted the plant books scouring the pictures, and "there that's it". One of my "weeds" is a Ruby Saltbush, and the pink berries are actually edible and used as bush tucker.

How great it is to be a slack weeder!!!

4 comments:

Ali said...

Have you tried eating the berries??

ButterflyGirl said...

Ali, yes I have, and I am still alive, they sort of have a taste a little bit like an apple. I thought it was sort of sweet, a little tart, and maybe slightly salty, but its a bit hard to tell with one berry which is about 5mm in diameter.

Matron said...

How wonderful! real bush tucker. It reminds me of the scene in crocodile dundee.. where he uses red berries to attract bats!

Ali said...

wow, you're brave!! In the nearest larger town to me there is a Bush Tucker group but they meet in the evenings and I hate driving in windy country roads at night by myself...