These little enlongated fruits with creamy yellow flowers are loved by birds and people.
Appleberry’s are a valuable bushfood and taste a bit like kiwi fruit with a slight acidic edge, they also look a bit like a kiwi fruit. Unripened they could cause heartburn, so often the unripened fruit were roasted over an open fire which was meant to eliminate this problem. They have been enjoyed by the Aboriginal people of Australia for centuries.
The early European settlers ate the berries and the children often called them dumplings.
The bush is a scrambling vine and at OutbackChef’s Wild Food Farm we have made a trellis for them to climb, the beautiful yellow bell-shaped flowers form in Spring followed by the green fruit, leading to purple.
Whilst Appleberry’s do love moist conditions they can tolerate periods of dry and I’ve noticed that a lot that I thought might not survive the current dry conditions and looked pretty “dead” have now come back and are producing fruit, so wonders never cease!