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Peanut Tree Sterculia Quadrifida Red Fruited Kurrajong Seeds
Packet of 5 fresh Seeds!
I get asked to source seeds of this guy at least once a fortnight. It is a very popular bushtucker species, and unlike a lot of the others it needs no preparation to eat, and is very easy to get at.
No hard stone to crack, but similar in flavour to a macadamia, or a peanut, and no need to dig up the roots either.
No hairy irritant pod like the other kurrajongs, no dramas at all really?
Just a sensible looking smallish tree, with big olive sized nuts arranged like teeth in a smooth hairless pod.
When they are ready they open up and the seeds go black.
Looks like a mouth full of gappy teeth, that’s how you know they are ready and you can eat them.
Raw they are like raw peanuts, cooked they are deliciously oily like macadamia nuts.
Wack them on the BBQ or in the oven for a couple minutes, or just nuke them in the microwave for ~30seconds. Microwaved they have the texture of roasted garlic. Fan-bloody-tastic!
The bark was traditionally used for rope and basket making with the fine inner threads used as fishing line.
The leaves were crushed and applied to stings and wounds as a medicinal poultice, or heated until softened then wrapped around as a bandage. The juice of the leaves was also used for eye conditions like conjunctivitis.
Not only were the seeds used as food by the Aboriginal people, the bark was used to weave baskets and making bags etc. The inner bark of this tree was also very important to them as a source of string, which was used for rope, fishing nets and fishing line.
Prized for making dug-out canoes due to the softness and durability of the timber.
Most folks call them peanut tree, but they are also known as kuman, orange fruited kurrajong, orange fruited sterculia, red fruited kurrajong, smooth seeded kurrajong, white crowsfoot, small flowered kurrajong even monkey nut, so I’m told.
The seeds are called egng edndan or mayi pinta in the traditional Aboriginal languages in Cape York.
Starting to be more common in nurseries all around the country and it is easy to see why.
Grown by a friend of ours organically(and us too now), no chemicals, no nasties, no problems!!!