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    Quandongs

    Most non-Aussies reading this will never have heard of Quandongs , but I do feel the need to brag about our haul this weekend. Over 20 kgs!!

    I cant tell you where the patch is, or else I'd have to kill you. We went riding past there on Sunday to check them out, but not with much hope because it has been so dry here. What delight to be met with bright shiny red fruit and masses of them.

    So some are being stewed, some made into jam and some are being dried.

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    Re: Quandongs

    Johbot,

    These sound really interesting. What do they taste like? I was very interested when they mentioned the jams and pies ( I love a good fruit pie) <img src=/S/munch.gif border=0 alt=munch width=19 height=17> ! I was also amazed to read that they could be frozen for up to 8 years without loss of flavor!
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    Re: Quandongs

    Mickey,

    They are quite tart. A friend said that they were like dried frejioa (she's from New Zealand).

    But the sweetness depends on the fleshiness of the fruit, and that fleshiness is determined by the amount of rain during their development (around here 35mm since May). So some years they are better than others.

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    Re: Quandongs

    Thanks johbot,

    I will keep an eye out for these in my local markets. They often carry 'exotic' fruits and veggies from around the world.
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    Re: Quandongs

    Mickey,

    I'd be interested to hear if you do find them in your markets. They are rarely available even in Australia. Never fresh. Sometimes dried, sometimes glaced.

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    Re: Quandongs

    For those interested, as I was, I found this bit of information.

    http://sres-associated.anu.edu.au/fpt/nwfp...g/Quandong.html

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    Re: Quandongs

    Thanks, Ron.

    The CSIRO have been doing a fair bit of work on the development of these as a commercial crop. They are difficult to propogate, though, because the root system - when developing - is semi parasitic so need a strong companion plant to grow with / from.

    In one of the books by Low (quoted at the bottom of the page) he says that the fruit from plantation trees is not as prolific nor tasty as that from the wild. But I am not sure if that comment is based on fact or the romance of finding such bounty!!

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