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  • Hi JP, just wondering if you've tried the gum from Acacia victoriae? Supposedly its quite sweet though i haven't tried it as its not native where i am but i'm considering planting some and any other sweeter tasting types i can identify and find seed for. Manna wattles produce a good amount of gum locally but the have almost no flavour.
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    SamfromWA
    SamfromWA
    Yep just harvesting seed today from the Manna wattle for planting, some of the trees produce gum from natural cracks in the bark. Little taste but still pleasant enough. Jam trees seem to be much less prone to naturally giving gum as i haven't seen any but i'll keep a look out. Both quite nice trees, the Jam in particular has a lot of potential for forestry as the wood is extremely durable.
    SamfromWA
    SamfromWA
    Thanks for the help, i'll try find some seed to plant of the species you mentioned. Les Stroud mentioned on on of his videos about Aus that Acacia victoriae has very sweet gum when tasting it. If a particularly sweet gum could be found it would be an outstanding survival food as it stores well and could be used in all sorts of ways.
    JP 1983
    JP 1983
    A lot of WA native edible plants are available from tuckerbush.com.au. I know for certain they have red eye and raspberry jam wattles. Acacia gum is also best harvested immediately after rain, that's when the trees will bleed the most. Also make sure to pour boiling water over any seeds you hope to germinate. It will really improve your wattle germination rates.
    Hello @JP 1983 , it's been a while since you've been online... is everything okay?
    JP 1983
    JP 1983
    I think I already answered that! Cheers. I tend to poke in here once a week or once a fortnight at most, so it's not unusual for me to disappear for a while. Too many places to forage nowadays.
    Mandy Onderwater
    Mandy Onderwater
    Heya, I hope all is well and that the bad weather hasn't affected you too much!
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