Yaralla New and Native Plants

Recently the Yaralla Program acquired a few new plants for our garden. A number of the plants are native Australian food plants.

The main picture above is of a flowering succulent to add to our collection of stock being propagated for the SRC market stalls. We also bought some nasturtium seeds to attract insects, go in our salads, and generally look pretty.

This is our new lime tree. It’s currently preparing itself to be used in our Thai, Mexican and Vietnamese cuisine during Yaralla cooking sessions.

This is a Lavender plant. We bought a few Lavender plants of different varieties in order to attract beneficial insects who will hopefully help to keep away the bad insects. We will also be able to dry the leaves and flowers for use in cooking and to make scented objects.

This is a Eureka Lemon tree. This lemon is probably the most widely grown lemon variety in the world. It is a true ‘bitter’ lemon with a high juice and acid content. It can have some fruit most of the year. With good care the fruit is thin-skinned and virtually seedless.

This is our first of two Midyim Berry bushes. It is a native Australian food plant and its botanical name is Austromyrtus dulcis x tenuifolia. It is a hardy spreading shrub with arching branches of green foliage and coppery new growth. ‘Tenuifolia’ means thin foliage. It will have masses of fluffy white flowers in late spring and early summer. The edible dotted white berries are delicious and are produced in autumn. It is at its best in a full sun to part shade spot, in moist but well drained soil. It is a tough plant that can withstand harsher conditions and responds well to pruning (after fruiting), which will encourage denser growth .

This is our second Midyim Berry (or Midgen Berry) bush, botanical name: Austromyrtus dulcis. It is a low spreading shrub with dainty foliage developing a reddish shade in colder climates (like Sydney). This one has larger and wider leaves than the one above. The white tea tree like flowers are followed by sweet edible mauve-white speckled berries. A very decorative ground cover. Reports of the berry flavour vary, though they are generally quite sweet with elements of spice. Their skin is quite thin and they do not transport well as a result.

This is our new native lime tree, known as the Finger Lime in Supermarkets, though the botanical name is microcitrus australasica. They have a thin skin that ranges in colour from green, yellow, red, purple to even a black. The inner cells are cylindrical balls filled with lime juice and sometimes called ‘lime caviar’ due to the similarity in appearance to caviar. They are very hardy and the bushy thorny foliage is a perfect protective habitat for small birds to nest in, in addition to protecting their fruits.