Mackay Branch Display at the Botanic Gardens, 21st April 2007

Written by fruit   // 24/05/2007   // 0 Comments

It was a fine, sunny and very pleasant Sunday. I had lots of willing workers to help with the setting up of the display and I think it looked very colourful. It was a little quite to start with but soon became busy with a steady stream of visitors eager to taste the fruit on offer. This included jakfruit (fresh, dried & frozen), longan, ruby grapefruit, lemonade fruit, breadfruit chips, granadilla, governors plum and red mombin (even though these had been frozen the majority of the visitors thought they were really nice). I think the most popular fruit was the chempedak as I could hardly keep the plate topped up.

There was also pink lime, Glycosmis pentaphylla, the fruit of a little native plant which created lots of interest. Dale said there was a very close relative, Glycosmis trifoliata, growing in the gardens which bore a similar edible fruit.

The fruit of the yellow pitaya, sometimes known as dragon fruit, was a very welcome addition to the table. Of course we had the old party trick, a miracle fruit followed by a slice of lime.

We were kept busy answering lots of questions but I also learnt that the nice fresh young tips of the saba nut tree are edible. I tried these and found that not only are they edible (I’m still alive and writing this report) but they are also quite tasty. Only eat the very fresh young, pale green tips and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.


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