Tuesday, July 19, 2011

In the Garden: Confused Quandongs?

[Unripe Quandongs, July 2011]

"Not only can its flesh be turned into nice jellies, jams and pies, it is also stuffed to the limits with Vitamin C and houses quite a number of valuable minerals. Furthermore, it may be dried and stored. The kernel contains valuable proteins and is rich in oil. The plant itself is not very fussy about different soil conditions and climates, nor about water quality. It is therefore, in economical terms, a potentially valuable plant which can be grown in the drier parts of the country, too. However, trying to "domesticate the quandong", as one scientist put it, is not all that easy." - Australian Plants Online

Being the middle of winter (and, as is expected of this time of year, being terribly cold), I hadn't expected to find fruit appearing on trees, yet that is exactly what I've found on our quandongs (Australian native/wild peach) late last month when I was wandering through the garden.

It was only in October of last year that I was making crumble pie with stewed quandongs picked fresh that week, so when I noticed the trees were in fruit again I thought it a little early. Quandongs in the Flinders Ranges ripe around September/October, so fruit wouldn't normally start to appear until August/September, depending on the weather.

So, it looks as though my trees are two months early to fruit. I can't help but think all the La Nina rain we had during the summer months is at fault, just as it was to blame for confusing the bulbs and leading them to flower unseasonally early - in autumn rather than spring.

I'm hoping that the frosty winter weather won't damage the fruit. For me, the end of spring and the advent of summer has always been announced with the ripening of quandongs.

I'll continue to eagerly watch their progress over the coming weeks (months?), and I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for fine produce!


  1. We found a surprise in our garden also! Our banana has a flower and now it is starting to fruit! We were so excited to see that, as this is the very first fruit to grow in our yard. Honestly, this is the first tropical fruit I've grown so it is special.

  2. hello! just catching up on your blog while I have some rare moments to myself ;)

    The true seasons of this country are a little bit more " wibbly wobbly" then the 4 seasons, so its common to find fruits or flowers appearing early or late. We have been loving the very wet season of makuru here and our flowers are budding "earlier" then they have in the last 3 years, but all is as it should be in our beautiful country :) Enjoy the fruit, do you have any plans for them?

  3. mummabare: A lot of people around here use native peaches to make jams and relish, but I prefer them stewed and used as filling in pies and pastries. :)

  4. I love your site, the photos are so striking and the blog definitiely worth visiting again :-)
    By the way, your purple creeper (July 27th) is our native Australian Hardenbergia

    cheers, waterbaby


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