Desert Raisin

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Description

The Desert Raisin looks like a dried sultana and it is a rambling bush that grows in the desert areas of Australia. It is a hardy plant with fruit that dries on the bush. The plant is best to use in this form as the unripened fruit tends to have high levels of alkaloids.

The Desert Raisin is the second source of selenium in Australian flora and it has incredibly high levels of iron, zinc and magnesium. The traditional uses of this plant involved drying the fruit, mixing the ground raisins with tree resins and then rolling it into a ball.

In flavour the fruit has a sweet and savoury taste with a strong fruity after taste. The fruit is often used in a modern setting to make jams, pasta sauces and relishes.

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