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The brilliant Burdekin Plum

Burdekin Plum is a hardy and drought tolerant tree which has been growing in various parts of Australia for millions of years, evidenced by fossils found in central Queensland. Today you will find them in the wild and on cultivated trees in the rainforest regions of eastern Queensland as well as in the Red Centre.

In season, December through to April, the fruit ripens post-harvest but can be buried in sand to allow them to soften and develop a sweeter flavour. You can achieve the same result by placing them in a paper bag and store in a dark location for a week or so.

When ripe, the plums can be eaten fresh, sliced and added to fruit salads, turned into jams, jellies and wine. They can be cooked down to make sauces or diced and used to make gravy for meats such as venison, kangaroo, and emu. They also work well as a substitute for rhubarb in fruit pies.

The best way to sample them all year is via the freeze dried version available at Taste Australia Bush Food Shop >>