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In various Aboriginal languages, like Gunditjmara, Solanum aviculare (Kangaroo Apple) is called "Bullibulli", "Mookitch", and "Mayakitch". It's in the same family as tomato, eggplant and tomato but the fruit of Kangaroo Apple is to be eaten sparingly with the skin removed. Kangaroo Apple is pollinated by native bees with its berries bringing a multitude of birds to your garden. With a lifespan usually between 4 to 6 years, Kangaroo Apple is a 'nurse' plant that can be used to provide shade to establishing young plants. It's berries are only edible when bright orange and recently fallen to the ground. DO NOT EAT BERRIES THAT ARE GREEN OR LIGHT ORANGE IN COLOUR. The skin is not eaten so this is a fruit that you squeeze into your mouth, discarding the skin. Kangaroo Apple will grow in both full sun and part shade and is drought tolerant once established. It grows to 3 metres high. To avoid eating the fruit's seeds, squeeze the fruit over a strainer. Kangaroo Apple has been compared in taste to a Tree Tomato (Tamarilo). Kangaroo Apple can be used in landscaping for rainforest effect gardens.

Solanum aviculare (Kangaroo Apple)

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