Bignay (Antidesma bunius) – Bush Tucker
Antidesma bunius ‘Bignay’
175 mm pot
Australian native that produces small, cranberry-like berries that become tart and sweet when mature. The insignificant male and female flowers are produced on separate trees, but isolated female trees can still fruit abundantly. The fruit is produced from July through to September in grape like clusters, with each fruit around 2.5 cm in diameter with a single seed inside. The berries ripen unevenly changing from greenish white to purplish red. They may be eaten raw or used in jams, jellies and cooking. The tart leaves can also be used to flavour rice, salad, vegetable dishes and meat stews.
The ripe fruit has also been used traditionally to treat gastric intestinal upsets, while the leaves have been found to have antioxidant, liver-protective and anti-diabetic properties.
Grow in a sheltered position in full sun to part shade. Protect from frost. Can reach up to 5-8 m high and 3-5 m wide but can be successfully hedged or pruned to keep smaller.