Thursday, August 24, 2006

Ever herd of a Quandong?

Ah fellow cooks and culinary amateurs, here is something new and original for your tastebuds.

It's called the quandong.
It is a fruit found in some desert regions of Australia. I had the pleasure of eating some of it in jams and pies out at a beautiful little bakery and cafe in Copley, a small town a few kms out of Leigh Creek. Every sunday (our only day off), we would go down there for a nice cuppa, a bit of breakkie and a nice piece of quandong pie.

It is fantastic. They call it the desert peach. But it doesn't really look or feel like a peach. It is bright red and shiny. It tastes like a cross between rhubarb, apricot and strawberries. It's hard to explain. It's not too sweet and is very high in vitamin C. So it's all good.

My sundays are not the same anymore without my quandong pie.


Blogger Jim said...

I was confused reading this. I grew up in Innisfail in far north queensland, and we had an enormous (15m or so at a guess) quandong tree in our backyard, but the fruit were blue, not red. They were edible, but a little dry on their own - admittedly never in a pie . The cassowaries that lived in the bush at the bottom of our street used to come up and walk through our yard (and at least once through our house!) to get to the fallen quandongs in our backyard.

Checking wikipedia suggests that you've been partaking of the desert quandong, whereas my quandongs were blue quandongs.

Just a little trivia.

9:08 PM  
Blogger Mapie said...

Yes, indeed, there is a variety of quandong called the blue quandong. Didn't have the oppertunity to taste that one...

10:45 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

I wouldn't recommend it. Stick with the red pills.

12:39 AM  
Blogger Rannie said...

As a child I lived in North West NSW. (out of Brewarrina towards Weilmoringle. We had red ones and what we described as white ones (like the 'white'grape colour.) Would absolutely love to go back one day as I am sure I would be able to find at least one of the ones we used to go to.

2:20 PM  

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