Seaberry Saltbush (Rhagodia candolleana)


Seaberry Saltbush (Rhagodia candolleana)
Seaberry Saltbush (Rhagodia candolleana)

 

A coastal cousin of the other Saltbushes found around South Australia, Seaberry Saltbush (Rhagodia candolleana) is another plant hat is quite edible.

Its a sprawling shrub, with leaves that are thick and shiny green on top and whitish beneath. The flowers are in a branched spray (called a pannicle) and the berries form on these branches after flowering time, which ranges from late December to March.

In the area where we forage, I find the berries have a purplish tinge when ripe. this stains the fingers quite well too, so Jelina always knows when I’ve been having a feed!

The leaves can be cooked in water, but the slightly bitter berries are  edible over summer.

 

Seaberry Saltbush berries
Seaberry Saltbush berries

 

There are other edible saltbushes listed on the Saltbushes page.

 

 

 

 

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