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Acacia Leiocalyx Black Wattle Lambs Tail Seeds
Packet of 20+ freshly harvested seeds!
Another awesome native Acacia, one that is really common in my area.
It is also found pretty much from Sydney right up the Queensland coast.
Frost tolerant, and incredibly drought hardy, this fella will grow happily in most soils, especially dry, poor quality, gravelly rubbish.
Great for holding topsoil and as a pioneer species in revegetation works. If you have a block of previously cleared goat country, get a few of these started in pots then plant them out. Be amazed the difference to the wildlife it can make. Provides shade and mulch for other smaller delicate species, holds the topsoil, places to hide for the lizards and birds, and the seeds and gum is even edible for us humans.
I popped some up a minute a go, and I am eating them right now as we speak.
Get your seeds and rub them really well in your hands to remove the majority of the fluoro orange arils.
Get a pot with a lid and wack it on high heat.
Once nice and hot add a spoon of oil or fat, shake the pot and count to about five or until the oil smokes.
Chuck in the seeds and count until about 5.
As soon as they start to pop wack on the lid, and kill the heat.
Shake them vigorously for a few seconds so they don’t stick or burn.
Then just leave them on the bench or sink to finish popping and cool.
The heat in the pot does the job for you and the actual cooking time is about a minute all up, only 10-20 seconds or so on high, all cooling down after that.
Once popped they can be mixed into mayonnaise for a crunchy salad dressing, or sprinkled on cereals bit added nuttiness. Good on anything as a bit of a garnish come to think of it?
Use them like sesame seeds, not really a staple, but it really does add something as a garnish or as a snack.
Just make sure you have the right ones as most Acacia seeds look the same and some of the others can be soapy, or at worse, poisonous.
Like a lot of other species it is often called Blackwattle, but also Early Flowering Black Wattle, Curracabah, Lamb’s Tail, Acacia glaucescens var. leiocalyx, Racosperma leiocalyx and it even used be lumped into one group with Acacia cunninghamii. Now Acacia concurrens and Acacia crassa have been separated along with this fella.
That’s about it?
Wildharvested sustainably by me and the Mrs, no chems, no nasties, no problems!!!