Common Name: Desert Walnut
Collage of t`he plant and the ripening fruits
Photograph by: G. Byrne
Image used with the permission of the Western Australian Herbarium, Department of Parks and Wildlife
Desert walnut is a tree growing from 4 - 14 metres tall.
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for its edible seed and sap, which are eaten locally.
Australia - Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia.
Stony ridges, red sand dunes, plains[
Seed - cooked[
]. A pleasant flavour, but the seed shell is so hard, and so much force is needed to break it, that the seed is invariably crushed and only fragments are available to eat[
]. The seed is usually roasted[
A sap-like liquid is obtained from the tree[
]. Called 'marnta', it is somewhat reminiscent of golden syrup[
]. The syrup takes on a salty flavour upon crystallizing[
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