Quondong (Santalum acuminatum)


 

Delicious Quondong fruit
Delicious Quondong fruit

 

 

Quondong fruits ripening
Quondong fruits ripening

 

A cluster of unripe Quondongs
Gotta wait until they’re red

 

 

 

Family: Santalaceae

Habitat: Widespread

Flowering time: Late Summer

Kaurna name: Kurti, goorti

Description and uses: The reddish fruits of the Quondong are, possibly, the best known Australian bushfood, having been adopted by restaurants, chefs and cooks across the country. The distinctive, round seeds are used for both contemporary and Indigenous art, jewellery, art and toys.

The part eaten is the skin and flesh around the seed and is popular when dried to a leathery texture. It has a pleasant bite.