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Blue Quondong Elaeocarpus Angustifolius Seeds
Packet of 5 large pods, containing a couple seeds each.
Blue Quondong to most folks, but also Elaeocarpus grandis, Blue fig, Blue marble tree, Silver Quandong and Blueberry Ash being the most common names I have come across.
I get asked for these guys all the time, at least a couple times a month, and the only reason I hadn’t been selling them so far, is it takes forever for them to germinate.
Months and months folks, even years sometimes so take that into account before you buy, and if you want a sure thing, I honestly suggest you try another variety.
From what I can tell it takes ages for the pod or nut to break down enough to release the seeds, allowing moisture to penetrate and germination to begin.
Some folks place the pod in a vice or “BONK” style nut cracker, and just ever so lightly fracture the shell.
Tiny little hairline crack is all you want.
This speeds the process, but with these guys no matter what you do it is gonna be a gamble and I am selling the seeds in pod as is.
I do NOT guarantee success with these, and cannot even really give you a germination time line to be honest.
If you can’t afford to gamble, then definitely do not buy these.
I had a friend tell me they tried for years, both fresh and old rotten pods, and never had any successes. I had another say every nut produced on or 2 shoots which they later separated and potted up, but it did take 6-8months.
Had another guy say that it only takes 3months just planted whole or about a month if you remove the seeds from the pod first, but the key is a handful of scrub turkey nest in each pot as the enzymes help kick things off.
Got another friend who just plants them whole in random places on their property and has a heap of trees a couple meters high now.
That’s more my style and that’s what I am doing.
If anyone knows a sure fire method I would love to hear it.
*EDIT* It is now a few years later and a surprising amount have sprouted and survived, just from me shoving them in the ground and walking away, though nearly all are just neatly pruned stumps as the wallabies “prune” them during them heavily during the dry.
Anyway, onto the plant itself.
It is prized all around the world for use in making jewellery, especially in Indonesia and India, and I often have folks from there hit me up wanting to buy bulk by the kilo or even by the tonne!(If you are planning to as well, the sorry, can’t help with that, I’m just a little guy).
It is a huge great big tree that produces a bright blue fruit that the birds love to collect and eat.
Cassowaries are said to love them and some folks suspect that digestion by birds is important for this species in the wild.
The fruit is only a couple millimeters thick and tastes like a floury apple to me.
Nothing too flash but not bad, little sour, fruity and finally sweet.
You can collect a lot of it though, and if you wash, rub and scrape the fruit off the resulting fruity sludge can be eaten as is, used to thicken soups and stews, saved as a filler when making jam, or fermented into surprisingly good home brew hooch.
Inside the fruit part is a seed pod that when cleaned up really looks like a walnut or a brain.
All lumpy and bumpy, and deep inside that is a couple seeds that look just like a pinenut or an almond.
These guys taste really nice roasted up, but to be honest it is a lot of work getting them out and I wouldn’t bother except as a novelty or in a survival situation. They are very nutritious, high in oil and protein, but very moreish and not very filling.
Plant this fella for looking at, housing and feeding the local critters, not really as a staple food crop.
Forest doves and Woompoo pigeons love them and they are an important timber species that can get up to an amazing 50meters high!
Don’t plant it under powerlines unless you are gonna do some serious pruning!!!
Wild harvested sustainably, no chems, no nasties, no problems!!!