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Native Sweet Sandpaper Fig Ficus Opposita
100+ very fresh seeds harvested 3rd of January 2015.
Had a lot of interest in this fella, and its not suprising really if you have ever tasted one!
Awesome, shop quality fruit. Not just “bushtucker”, but a delicious soft sweet treat!!!
Unfortunately they are just too soft for them to be transported or marketed commercially, so there is a big chunk of Australia (and the world!) that is really missing out.
This is NOT, F. coronata, F. capreifolia, F. coronulata, F. fraseri, F. scobina, or any of the other native Sandpaper figs we have in OZ.
Its the good one, and the only one worth growing in my opinion, Ficus opposita, or the “Sweet Sandpaper Fig”.
They are all edible and quite nutritious, but the others are fibrous, granular and full of sap a lot of the year. Fine if your hungry, but only if your quite hungry….
These guys are nothing like the others so if you have ever eaten a native fig and didn’t like don’t let that cloud your judgment.
This guy is incredible soft, sweet and fragrant. Drooling just thinking about them!
They have awesome deep green leaves with white veins, and the leaves themselves are said to have been used for sanding boomerang and spears.
Anyone who has actually ever made a spear or boomerang will tell you this is nonsense as they are far too soft, but that’s the myth that prevails.
They were use for treating fungal conditions however. The skin was abraded with the very rough leaves to remove the damaged tissue, and the latex like sap was applied to kill remaining spores and seal the wound, protecting it from further infections.
Works well I am told. I myself have used the sap on an itching spider bite and it stopped the itch and infection of the wound.
But forget all that, just grow them for the fruit!
They are truly awesome straight off the tree. They are growing in a few parks and gardens in the Sydney area so they can handle a bit of cold and frost.
The natural range is from about Byron Bay up, right to the tip and across the Gulf country. The only thing that stops them down south is competition from the other varieties.
That’s about it?
I would have been selling these guys last year but I don’t like to sell stuff I haven’t grown from seed myself. Just had last years dried seeds split, and a friend has grown some plants from this batch, so here they are folks. Come and get them! *EDIT* This is a new fresher lot of seeds and the seedlings have all been sold or planted out now.
Grown by us organically, no nasties, no chems, no problems!!!