Native Apricot, Gumbi Gumbi (Pittosporum phylliraeoides)

Gumby Gumby fruit
The fruit looks like an Apricot…

Pittosporum phyllaroides

Beautiful creamy flowers


Native Apricot, now going by the trendy name of ‘Gumbi Gumbi’ is Pittosporum phylliraeoides.

It is an elegant,  weeping, tree that has been getting quite a bit of attention of late as another potential anti-cancer remedy. For millenia, though, Indigenous Australians have been using various parts of the tree for a wide range of ailments.

The ‘Native Apricot’ alludes to the appearance of the fruit. They’re a similar colour and shape. the fruit are interesting as the tree will have fruit in all stages of maturity on it at the same time. They split when ripe.

Every part of the tree has a traditional use. They contain saponins, tannins and flavonoids. Knowing that, we can see how Gumbi Gumbi can affect such a wide range of ailments. It is full of chemical that are anti-inflammatories that work together synergestically for an amazing effect.

Briefly, Saponins help soothe membranes. Flavonoids heal capilliaries and smaller vessels, while Tannins tone and tighten membranes and reduce inflammation in this way. All work together seamlessly in our bodies.

Native Apricot can be used internally for diarrhoea and inflammation, exernally for aches and pain, rheumatism and arthritis. It can ease rashes and external redness.

That’s only a brief summary of the more prosaic uses that we Kitchen Herbalists would use this wonder plant for. I’ll leave a lot of the grander claims to he experts.

Despite its name, dont eat any part of the Native Apricot. It is very bitter, I mean VERY BITTER and you’ll regret it. Use a tea or oil instead.