A few things have aligned in recent weeks to allow some new entrants into our food chain here at Barefoot Cottage. We've been working hard to clear and new areas of the food forest and we've been to two markets, one being the local market where they are a few store holders who breed local natives and the other being the Brisbane Organic Growers Inc (or BOGI) fair. So we've been able to pick up a few additions and plant them out in our new areas of the food forest.
The first new face is a wonderful native elderberry or a honey bush. After having seen many episodes of River Cottage, we are wondering if we'll be able to make elderberry wine or something similarly alcoholic from the flowers.
The next one is a tree sapote tree though strangely unrelated to our other sapotes. We already have two black sapotes (or chocolate pudding fruit) trees as well as a small green sapote. This is a rare tree that we picked up at the BOGI fair called a mamey sapote. Its a tall, relatively fast growing tree that produces large fruit that has pink flesh when ripe and is creamy to taste. The fruit can be eaten raw or made into smoothies or jams and some say it has the properties of an aphrodisiac. I'll let you know on that one.
The tamarillo is fruiting, as is the pepino, so I thought you might like to see how these two very different plants actually produce similar fruit. Tamarillo or tree tomato on the left and pepino (which taste like a rock melon) on the left. The tamarillo isn't ripe but something has taken it off the tree and dropped it on the ground. When its ripe it will be an orange-red colour.