Botanical Name: Owenia acidula
Species: O. acidula
Common Name: Emu apple
Habitat : Emu Apple is native to Australia. It grows in Australia – South Australia, New South Wales, Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia.Scattered on the plains.
Emu apple is a small or medium-sized tree of outback woodlands. It may grow to ten metres tall. The pinnate leaves are bright green and shiny, with leaflets 2–5 cm long. Broken twigs ooze a milky sap. The edible fruit is purplish-red with paler speckles, 2–4 cm wide with a large stone-like seed.
Propagation: Seed – very difficult to germinate – in nature it probably germinates after passing through the stomach of an emu.
The fruit pulp is an Aboriginal bushfood and apparently causes hallucinations. They ripen after coming off the tree, and have a sour flavor.
Fruit is eaten – raw or cooked A red, refreshing pulp. Intensely acid, it should be allowed to fall from the tree naturally and ripen further on the ground before consumption. It resembles a sour plum in flavour and has been used to make jams. Some people recommend burying the fruit for several days prior to eating it. The fruit is a reddish-purple globose drupe 20 – 35mm in diameter.
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