Wildflower, Photos....Quandongs - Update.

Submitted: Saturday, Jun 18, 2011 at 16:40
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Back in February of this year, I put up a story of this unique Australian Plant. As the trees are only less than a fifteen minute drive from Clare, I decided to check up on the progress and how many of the flowers had developed into fruit for this coming season. I can report that the trees are loaded, but still have a long way to go.

Most of the fruit is around 5mm in size, while a few are not quite 1cm.

I will put up a Blog so I can add to the images as they go their full cycle and develop into ripe fruit. Fiona is now searching the internet for recipes for when they are ready to cook up.


Quandong flowers in February 2011


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The Trees are loaded with lots of small new fruit.


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Alongside of my thumb and they are quite small

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The flower that grew into fruit


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A more detailed follow will follow soon on my Blog.



Cheers to all and have a great weekend.


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Reply By: Member - Min (NSW) - Saturday, Jun 18, 2011 at 16:48

Saturday, Jun 18, 2011 at 16:48
Hi Stephen,
I look forward to your blog.
I bought some quandong jam along the highway south of Pt Augusta and the young man serving me said it was very time consuming to make (hence the higher price). I must say I was not impressed with the jam - too runny. Will be interested to see what Fiona comes up with.

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Saturday, Jun 18, 2011 at 16:58

Saturday, Jun 18, 2011 at 16:58
Hi Min

Fiona is stepping into whole new grounds here, so it will be very interesting to see how she goes. One of the new girls from work is from Port Augusta and when I told her about the Quandongs, she wanted to know where they are, as she said her grandma made the best Quandoung Pie and she wanted to get some to make one herself...yum sounds very nice.

It will be interesting to she how the fruit continues to grow and ripen.



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Reply By: Member - Michael J (SA) - Saturday, Jun 18, 2011 at 17:32

Saturday, Jun 18, 2011 at 17:32
Hi Stephen,

Just telling Gilly about your post........

Our order is for one jar of jam and two quandong pies.

Mind you, if you have trouble with marketing let me know.

Plese don't worry about delivery, we will drive down and pick them up.......LOL LOL


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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Saturday, Jun 18, 2011 at 17:37

Saturday, Jun 18, 2011 at 17:37
Hi Michael

You must be a very game man to order without knowing how it turns out...thank goodness Fiona has not read my reply....LOL

It will be very interesting that's for sure.


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Reply By: Member - barry F (NSW) - Saturday, Jun 18, 2011 at 17:47

Saturday, Jun 18, 2011 at 17:47
Thanks for the update & the great pictures. Mind you I reckon you should advise Fiona to add about 5 or 6 Kilos of sugar to any recipe she comes across LOL!!
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Saturday, Jun 18, 2011 at 17:51

Saturday, Jun 18, 2011 at 17:51
Hi Barry

If Fiona makes it that sweet, I might end up eating it all in one go myself, and we don't what that, as Michael has given me an order already... LOL

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Reply By: Member - Brian P (SA) - Saturday, Jun 18, 2011 at 21:59

Saturday, Jun 18, 2011 at 21:59
Hi Stephen. Just a word of advice. You might not be the only one waiting for that fruit to ripen if it is on public land. It has happened to me. Mised out by that much. Brian.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Saturday, Jun 18, 2011 at 23:02

Saturday, Jun 18, 2011 at 23:02
Hi Brian

Where the trees are is on the side of the road, but there are hundreds of the trees in the stretch of road that I visit, so there is lots of fruit for everyone, including wildlife. Judging by the pitted stones that we found in the area, most of the fruit ends up on the ground, there is just that much of it.

Keep watching my Blog to see how I go.


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Follow Up By: Leslie H - Sunday, Jun 19, 2011 at 07:53

Sunday, Jun 19, 2011 at 07:53
I agree Quandong Jam is too runny & full of sugar. Rather have honey.
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Reply By: Member - John and Val - Sunday, Jun 19, 2011 at 14:11

Sunday, Jun 19, 2011 at 14:11
Hi Stephen,

You might have started something here - maybe the great EO Quandong pie bake-up / jam boil-up. I've made a fair bit of jam over the years but never tried quandong - something to do with not many of them over here.

Look forward to hearing about your results.

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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Sunday, Jun 19, 2011 at 15:04

Sunday, Jun 19, 2011 at 15:04
Hi Val

We were only talking about it this morning and made the comment that we will have to collect a lot of Quandongs when they are ripe. As you know, there is very little fruit on them and they seem to be all stone.

Anyone for some pitted stones for Chinese Checkers around late September....LOL


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