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Blue Quandong (fruit)

Elaeocarpus grandis (syn. E. angustifolius)

Description:

It's only taken me 5 years, but this is follow-up to a previous spotting I made back in 2013 of the Blue Quandong, a native Australian rainforest tree. The species is known as a "bush tucker plant" because it bears edible fruit, and that's what I want to show with this spotting. The fruit is 25-30mm in diameter, and is best consumed when slightly over-ripe and soft, otherwise it can taste quite bitter. Inside is a rough woody stone containing up to 5 seeds. A rich source of vitamin C, it was valued by Indigenous Australians, then also by the early pastoralists. Today, contemporary cuisine is widening its use of the quandong. The fruit is also eaten whole, and thus dispersed, by cassowaries, woompoo pigeons and spectacled flying foxes, which pass the nut undamaged. Information on the tree itself can be found at my previous spotting: https://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/29...

Habitat:

Found in coastal and mountain rainforests of eastern Australia. Occurs in sub-tropical rainforest and along moist, scrubby watercourses. This specimen was spotted in the Brisbane Botanical Gardens, Mt. Coot-Tha, in a very large, well-established sub-tropical rainforest section of the gardens.


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3 Comments

WilliamsFamily
WilliamsFamily a year ago

I'll try anything at least once. I recently had a friend grow and share a black sapote. Probably the best fruit ever.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross a year ago

I've yet to try it. I don't expect it to have too much flavour.

WilliamsFamily
WilliamsFamily a year ago

I've never seen a pure blue fruit before, that's wonderful! Great spotting!

Neil Ross
Spotted by
Neil Ross

Brisbane, QLD, Australia

Lat: -27.48, Long: 152.97

Spotted on Nov 16, 2018
Submitted on Nov 16, 2018

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