Habitat: Woodland, coastal areas, dunes
Description and uses:
A coastal cousin of the other Saltbushes found around South Australia, Seaberry Saltbush (Rhagodia candolleana) is another plant hat is quite edible.
Its a sprawling shrub, with leaves that are thick and shiny green on top and whitish beneath. The flowers are in a branched spray (called a pannicle) and the berries form on these branches after flowering time, which ranges from late December to March.
In the area where we forage, I find the berries have a purplish tinge when ripe. this stains the fingers quite well too, so Jelina always knows when I’ve been having a feed!
The leaves can be cooked in water, but the slightly bitter berries are edible over summer.
There are other edible saltbushes listed on the Saltbushes page.