Quandong or quondong is a common name for the Wild Peach species, a small desert tree up to 4 metres high, with rough dark bark and pale green elongated hanging leaves.
The Quandong is a truly unique native Australian fruit. The tree uses the root system of other trees, shrubs and grasses to supplement their own supply of nutrients and water, and will therefore usually be found growing from the base of another tree.
The shiny, bright scarlet fruit is about 2cm in diameter and contains one large nut or kernel, which is sometimes only marginally smaller than the fruit, and is ready for harvest in early spring.
Quandongs have been an important traditional aboriginal fruit, which is, although somewhat tart, highly nutritious and contains twice the vitamin C of an orange. The kernel is also very nutritious but indigenous Australians tended to use this mainly for medicinal purposes. The wood from the slow growing trees was prized for the making of traditional bowls – pitti or coolamons.
The Quandong fruit feature heavily in aboriginal mythology across all the desert regions of Australia. There is nothing yummier than Quandong Pie with cream and ice cream, or Quandong Sauce glazed all over Roast Lamb or Pork. Scones with Quandong jam and cream are delightful, or try serving a Quandong and Chilli dipping sauce with spring rolls or chicken wings.
Learn more about Bush Tucker and taste Quandong Chutney on our 1 Day Pinnacles Magic Tour, departing Perth every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.