Munyeroo, a favourite salad vegetable for Aboriginal Australians for thousands of years. The tender leaves and stems are eaten raw or steamed, and the small black seeds collected, ground and cooked as a flat bread which contains high sources of protein. This plant looks similar to the European Purslane but is a larger form specific to Central Australia.

This ground hugging succulent herb has small yellow flowers, paddle shaped leaves and broad, sometimes pink, stems. The Australian Munyeroo can grow to a meter across, and emerges in the hot red sand of the desert after monsoonal rain events.

This Munyeroo is organically cultivated at Reedy Creek, as companion plants in growing boxes of Lemon Myrtle and Sea Parsley. The raised beds of this fleshy, trailing plant are protected in summer shade houses and winter hot houses for premium quality and consistency of supply. Our growing methods guarantee tenderness and flavour standards.

Uses: This juicy leaf and thick stem, is great fresh, steamed or in soups, stir fries and pickles. The thick pinkish stem has a similarity to tender asparagus.

Similar to: Asparagus

Season: Year round

Supplied: Fresh

Available to: Outback Pride Fresh food service

Mike and Gayle Quarmby

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