Common names: Sweet Appleberry
Taxonomic names: Billardiera cymosa
Form: Woody climbing vine
Flowering Time: Summer
Ngarrindjeri name: Kunduwi
Description and uses:
This is my all time favourite bush food! Sweet Appleberry (Billardiera cymosa) is a tough, wiry climber that grows well in many situations.
It’s a delight to find Sweet Appleberry in the wild, better too if you hold the brown fruit up to the light and see that its gone almost transparent. This is the best time to eat the fruit and enjoy its apple-like, with a touch of aniseed, taste . The fruits can also be eaten dried, like Sultanas, straight off of the vine or from the ground nearby. Green fruits are very astringent and horrible to taste.
The pretty purple or white flowers are around from July to November. It’s interesting that there are plants with white flowers or plants with purple flowers, often growing in close proximity to each other. The fruits are elongated and 1 – 1.5 cm long and turn purple or brown as they ripen. They do have seeds inside that are quite bitter, so just eat the flesh.