Peanut Tree

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  1. Wedgetail

    Wedgetail Well-Known Member Premium Member GOLD

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    About 4 weeks ago We came across some people selling young Peanut Trees also known as Red Fruited Kurrajong I thought these would be a intersting addition to our food Forrest so we purchased 4 and are looking forward to them maturing as they are a nice looking tree and have the bonus of producing a edible nuts. These trees grow in the tropics and down into the subtropics Cheers Dave
     

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    They'll be nice to have growing, wedgetail.
    They were used as street trees in many tropical council areas but not so anymore.
    People went off their t!ts about the red fruit being poisonous and also teaching kids they can pick up any fruit and eat it!
    A bit like the poor old lillypilly.
    Can't have kids learning that fruit comes off trees!
     
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    Wedgetail Well-Known Member Premium Member GOLD

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    Hi ClissAT happy birthday for today . I think the trees will add something different to our up and coming food forest I might get a few more and plant randomly through the bush as we chop out areas of Lantana I think it will be nice to go for a bush walk and be able to pick some fruit for a snack as you go. Dave
     
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    For some reason I was under the impression that peanuts were from a bush of some kind.

    No - wait - just did a quick search and it turns out this is a tree nicknamed "peanut tree" despite having no relation to peanuts.

    I love the English language
     
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    Hi Matthew the tree is a Kurrajong with edible seeds that taste similar to peanuts I think thats a pretty good reason to call it a Peanut tree and you are correct about peanuts growing on a small bush type plant but they are produced underground. Cheers Dave:)
     
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    I had no idea these things existed. Looking forward to seeing them fruit!
     
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    Hi Chris I think they originate from the Kimberly region in WA. If you Google peanut tree or red fruited kurrajong you will see some photos of the fruit I think they will take a few years to start fruiting but should be good when they do we intend to spread them through our 70 acres of scrub so we can share with the birds and other critters. Cheers Dave
     
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    Thanks for that, Dave. Sounds like a plan.

    Yeah, after I read this thread I went down the bush tucker rabbit hole. I found this useful site:

    https://tuckerbush.com.au/peanut-tree-sterculia-quadrifida/

    and also learned that Les Hiddins has put together a database from his travels:

    https://bushtuckerman.com.au/ (I believe you have to sign up to access the content)

    Might be of use to people interested in native alternatives.

    Anyway, this led me to the Atherton Raspberry, which is now going on my berry shopping list. :D
     
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    Thanks for the info Chris the Atherton Raspberry looks great I wouldn't mind putting some of them around the place. Cheers Dave
     
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    Hi Chris there is some Atherton Raspberry plants on ebay from a person in Ipswich. Dave
     
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    Thanks! - just nabbed one.
     
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    Les Hiddens put out a book several years ago that has most native foods in it.
    But you get other stuff if you subscribe to his new website.
    The book should be available at most libraries.
    I did a course with him back in his army days. It was heaps of fun but most bush food tastes like crap! You'd soon loose weight!
     
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    Yes, I imagine most bush tucker could benefit from some haute cuisine input. That being said, the Atherton raspberry's flavour is apparently just a milder version of its European cousin.
     
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    les is a hero of mine. to have actually done a course with him must have been amazing. super jealous
     
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    Yep, I've grown this before. Fast growers. If my memory serves me well, we had fruit in about 2-3 years. Geez...could've been more! Quite different from your normal salted peanuts you get from the peanut bush, but quite edible and tasty. To be honest, the taste isn't too different. But they're black, which was pretty cool.

    The tree itself is beautiful. I believe it'll grow to about 6 m. Have fun with it! :)
     
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    Thanks for the info binjuice . Dave
     
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    Hi Binjuice, thanks for that info.
    Good to know the tree stays at a manageable height.
    I might try one too if I can find one locally.
    I planted a Panama berry in a certain place because it was a fast grower and would be nice to have another fast grower at the other end of the bank also.
    The Panama berry is already 2.5m tall in just one year from a seedling.
    Although it gave me a heart attack during the drought because of the amount of water it wanted!

    Would the peanut tree have similar needs for water?
     
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    FYI - my raspberry arrived and is coming along nicely in spite of the weather and the fact that it was left in a post tube outside of my apartment all weekend because I got The Postman Who Doesn't Even Ring Once. I will put a thread together when it starts getting interesting.
     
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    Thanks for letting us know Chris looking forward to seeing how it comes along I will be ordering 4 next week . Dave
     
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