Kunzea pomifera is tasty native berry that usually grows along the coast in Vic/SA.
Also known as munterberries, munthries, emu apples, native cranberries, muntari, ngerp ornurt it usually grows as a low woody groundcover, or occasionally a low shrub with spreading branches.
It has small round leaves and lots of creamy feathery flowers in spring, with green to red berries growing in cluster, growing more purple as they ripen.
They have a sweet, spicy apple flavour and are crunchy in texture.
They can be eaten fresh, or dried or frozen.
They’re incredibly versatile, and can be made into cakes, jams, marmalades, chutneys, sauces, juices, jellies, salads, cheese platters, stir-fries, on crackers, pancakes and scones.
They are four times higher in antioxidants than blueberries and are also
rich in Vitamin C.
It may be hard to grown them in Byron, as they need a sandy soil and don’t like being water logged, preferring a warm or arid climate.
They like either dappled shade or full sun.
They don’t like their roots disturbed, so don’t weed too heavily.
With their small leaves they aren’t the most elegant of fruits, but this is compensated by their extreme versatility as a food.
In addition to some very useful growing information, there are also
recipes at http://www.baag.com.au/muntries/
https://www.agrifutures.com.au/farm-diversity/muntries/ – incredibly detailed.
AppearanceType: Ground Cover
Leaf Size: Small
FunctionsBush Tucker: Yes
Uses: Fruit, Salad, Dessert, Jam, Pie, Freeze
Fire Retardant: Unknown
GrowingClimate Zone: Arid, Warm Temperate
Planting Season: Spring
Harvesting Season: Summer, Autumn
Sun/Shade: Full Sun
Soil: Well Drained
Frost Tolerant: Yes
Time to Maturity: 1-2yrs
Watering Preference: Low