This bush food plant is found throughout Australia, primarily in very saline areas, both inland and coastal. Likes clay and loamy soils and is also found in overgrazed areas, so could be useful to regenerate such areas. It is a low spreading shrub, bearing white flowers in spring which then mature into the edible red fruits. These fruits taste apparently like salty grapes, they could make a great and interesting addition to savoury dishes! They can also be dried or made into jams.
Picture provided by Philip Clarke, from his new book Discovering Aboriginal Plant Use: Journeys of an Australian Anthropologist
|Scientific Name:||Nitraria billardierei|
|Common Name:||Nitre Bush|
|Other Common Names:||Karrambi, Wild Grape|
|Plant Type:||Small shrub, Large shrub|
|Height:||1 ~ 2 metre|
|Width:||2 ~ 4 metres|
|Soil Type:||Clay, Loamy, Clay loam, Saline|
|Plant Environment:||Low maintenance garden, Container growing, Coastal garden, Drought resistant|
|Climate Zone:||Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Semi-arid|
|Growth Habit:||Evergreen, Dense foliage, Spreading|
|Frost Tolerance:||Tolerates light frost|
|Special Uses:||Edible, Erosion control|
|Attracts Wildlife:||Seed eating birds|
Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for this plant.