An Australian native, this beautiful tree grows anywhere from 6 to 18 meters and is referred to under many different names: peanut tree, monkey nut tree, red fruited Kurrajong, orange fruited Kurrajong and one strange one called Kuman (anyone know the origin of this name?)
|Immature fruit pods in September|
|Ripe fruit showing bright orange pods with the black seeds|
The gum of this tree is also apparently used as a glue and a thickener in cooking (similar to corn flower) while the bark is used by Aboriginal people for basket weaving, fishing lines and the sap to heal wounds. Each pod when open contains about 8 black seeds which can then have the black coating or shell removed and eaten the same way as normal peanuts. Although a lot softer - they are the same when roasted or used to make oil and peanut butter.
|New shoots when the pods are still green - September|
Homemade Peanut Butter:
- Roast approximately one & half cups of raw peanuts (black shell removed) until light brown.
- Blend when cool in a blender until smooth.
- For crunchy just add 1/4 cup lighty blended to recipe above.
|Maybe Dick to add this to his range!|
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