Quandong

 Santalum acuminatum

Santalum acuminatum

 
 

Common name

Desert peach, native peach or wild peach.

traditional use

Quandong has a wide natural distribution throughout southern Australia from arid desert areas to coastal regions. It was an important native food source for Indigenous Australians across semi-arid and arid regions in the mainland states, with surplus fruit collected and dried for later consumption. Amongst the male members of Central Australia’s Pitjantjatjara people, quandongs were considered a suitable substitute for meat.

part used

The quandong has outstanding anti-oxidant capacity, high levels of folate and vitamin E, and is a good source of magnesium, zinc and iron.

seasonality

Fruit is harvested from the wild or orchards between August and December.

flavour profile

The taste is tart and tangy, and sweetness varies greatly between trees.

uses

The flesh of the quandong is suited to many culinary purposes such as jams, preserves, sauces, relishes, juices, deserts and ice cream toppings and liqueurs. The oil rich kernel (nut) is also edible.