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Taste Australia Bush Food Shop

Passionberry

passionberry.jpgA native of the central desert regions and another of Australia’s many and varied wild tomatoes, Passion Berries are a real sweet surprise.

This prickly ground cover has mid-green soft leaves, about 2cm wide and 5cm long, and are generally incurved. Small, insignificant white to lilac flowers are often hidden in its tangled mass of creeping branches.

The amazingly sweet and aromatic fruit are generally 1-1.5cm in diameter and hang in great numbers right at soil level under the plant. The fruit are ripe when creamy yellow, and taste somewhere between banana, caramel and vanilla.

When the fruit fully ripen and dry, they fall off the plant, where they provide a delicacy for every small animal, bird or reptile that are attracted to the sweet fruit.

Recipe idea:  Combine 110gm brown sugar and 185ml water in a saucepan over high heat, stir to dissolve sugar, bring to the boil and then turn down to a simmer  for 3-6 mins.  Remove from heat and add 50gm passionberries and set aside for an hour. Then stir in the juice of 1 lemon.  Drizzle over sliced bananas, top with a dollop of sour cream.