Great article on growing your own bush tucker thanks to the West Australian

 

How to grow your own bush tucker

It may seem far-fetched but there are hedging plants that are edible.

An increasing number of Tucker Bush plants are available in nurseries these days, thanks to the work of Domus Nursery’s Mark Tucek, who has a long-held passion for sourcing and growing our own edible plants.

The big problem for gardeners who were interested in growing native food plants was accessing them easily in our own State.

Thanks to years of research, sourcing and experimental growing, Mr Tucek has come up with a wide range of edible natives that we can grow in our gardens.

For more information on the range available visit tuckerbush.com.au.

If you are intending to plant a hedge, why not one you can eat? The following are a few to whet your appetite.

Midyim berry bush

Midyim berries are white speckled berries similar to blueberries.
Midyim berries are white speckled berries similar to blueberries.

Austromyrtus dulcis is a delicious fruit a bit like a blueberry.

It has a profusion of white speckled berries in late summer and autumn.

It reaches 50-100cm high and 150cm wide growing in full sun or part shade.

Illawarra plum

The Illawarra plum bears small grape-like fruit.
The Illawarra plum bears small grape-like fruit.

Podocarpus elatus has grape-like fruit that ripens from March to July and is fantastic when cooked with garlic, chilli or added to marinades in Asian food.

Don’t cook the fruit using aluminium utensils because it makes it bitter.

The trees grow 6-8m in height and you need both male and female trees to get fruit.

Black plum

The small Diospyros australis tree fruits with black plum berries.
The small Diospyros australis tree fruits with black plum berries.

Diospyros australis is a small tree with black plum berries in autumn and winter.

They are a beautiful fire-retardant tree, growing from 4-8m.

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