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Aug 3, 2008

Kakadu Plum or Billy Goat Plum
(Terminalia ferdinandiana)


When I was in Darwin last year with Jan I bought some little jars of things I hadn't tried... kakadu plums. It's a delicious taste!

According to the website of Kakadu Wild Harvest, Kakadu Plums are the world's richest source of Vitamin C...

"The Kakadu Plum has been identified world wide as the single natural food source with the highest vitamin C content on the planet! It contains 3000mg of vitamin C per 100g of fruit. Oranges, on the other hand, contain just 50mg of vitamin C per 100g fruit."
Billy Goat Plum?
The following is from NT Wildlife Management:
"The name was changed for marketing purposes, because people associated the Billy Goat Plum with billy goats. So the name was changed to Kakadu Plum. A deciduous tree, spreading up to 10 m, very common in savannahs in the top end. A pale green to yellow fruit, with a pleasant flavour and high content of Vitamin C, higher than oranges.

"The fruit are produced in the late wet to early dry season, March to June. They are used extensively in the Bush food industry, for jams and chutneys. Fruit is generally sourced from uncontrolled wild harvest. Some plantations have been established the Northern Territory.
"This plant is also widely used medicinally. The gum that exudes from the bark is also edible. A preparation from the inner bark is used to treat sores, boils, backache, ringworm. In the past it was used for leprosy."


When not fully ripe the seeds can be bitter.

LINK: Aboriginal Use of Native Plants


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Jenny Dooley
, 3, 2 children
Eastlakes, SW, Australia
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