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    Hey Len, I can’t tell you whether they’re edible or not before being ripe but I was eating them and feel fine!

    I also don’t use a pepper grinder or coffee grinder so I can only tell you that they work fine with a Mortar & Pestle.

    About how many you should plant? Well, I also can’t tell you that but if my first description of their huge size gives you any indication, I’d say all you need is one or two. We just have one and it is still small (vine 7cms thick) but gave about 200 grams of seeds. But hey, If you have a huge property, plenty of vines will give it that awesome jungle atmosphere and could probably be harvested for building purposes. Also, I wouldn’t recommend planting next to/on a house because they might get into the eaves and pull your brick/wood work apart. Just a suggestion.


    Ps. Glad to hear of your success with them! hope you like the flavour


    Hi Len, not sure what you mean by when to harvest?… When the vine produces fruit :). It is a permanent vine so just take the fruits off and the vine should fruit again in its next season… (I’m still not sure how different seasons affect this vine as this is only our second year in the house which has the vine).

    After drying the seeds I just crushed mine up with a mortar & Pestle and use like you would for normal pepper.

    You could probably just use them fresh, too.. I made one spaghetti boloniase sauce and used the fresh fruits


    This is beautiful, it’s amazing how much we can do for the people over there! Where ever we went in Vietnam I made sure especially to give money to any elderly beggars, I figured that they would have had to go through so much and have seen so many terrible things, they’re very brave people out of necessity… It is just not right that they have to be reduced to begging after living such a long and hard life!

    It’s great to see that you’re helping out over there!


    I know that the fruit is red and tastes like sweetened peanut butter… and I think it grows on a bush… that’s about all I know but I love the flavour so would love to get my hands on a few of the seeds 🙂


    Maybe ‘Tomorrow when the War began’? My ten year old cousin really enjoyed that series, supposedly it is supposed to be quiet a long series, too. So the style changes as the child grows older.


    Thanks, Pmd you :)I am definitely curious about the MORINGA OLEIFERA!


    Thanks Gardenlen, I’ll PM you, just to update for everyone else, by ‘unnusual’ that also includes any heirloom varieties… One thing that I am after is the ‘peanut butter’ fruit bush seeds… Can’t seem to find them for sale in markets 🙁


    busylizzie post=321290 wrote: :hug: Thanks so much for the recipe Littlechief, its such a long recipe for you to have written out, so it is greatly appreciated.

    Only 1 question, do they have to be kept in the fridge??

    I look forward to trying this out, Im going out to pop a few Caps/Eggplants seeds in today.


    Lizzie 🙂

    Hi Liz, I’m not too sure, I know that my grandad always kept them in the fridge and I keep all my pickled things in the fridge aswell, so for safeties sake, I’d say yes :). But in saying that, I suppose if everything is kept sterilised and your jars are air tight, I think you might be able to keep them in the cupboard. (please don’t rely on this though as I’d hate it to be my fault if something went wrong :p)


    busylizzie post=321115 wrote: Thanks Littlechief, I will be printing this one out to give it a go when or if I ever get any Eggplants to grow successfully down here. Might actually go out this weekend and plant seeds in the hothouse :tup: Have find the best recipes are those tried, tested and handed down over time 🙂 (wouldnt have one for marinated Capsicums by any chance :whistle: )

    Actually, yes I do! 🙂 and it’s from my Dedda (serbian) on my mums side, so it’s actually also handed down :tup: . It works for any kinds of peppers. I’ll make a post about it. Should be up in about an hour 🙂


    Really interesting thread, as I’m currently studying the importance of cultures around the world. I definetly understand where you’re coming from Gremmbles, in that maintaining culture and language is vital. It is, as it is in any society, modern or not. And what really makes a modern culture? I guess what I’m saying is that the Aboriginal culture/s actually is modern, because it still exists today. What we’re currently learning is that just because you aren’t used to something in your own culture, that doesn’t mean that other practises are wrong or weird. It is very normal for the people living in that culture. I think that western society (and culture, actually) pushes for change. But in some cultures, change is not what they do.

    I personally think it is not soley Aborginals anymore which effect the populations of Dugongs/turtles. There are many other threats such as the ones someone mentioned earlier eg: boat motors, pollution etc. I think that something needs to be done to allow Native Australians to continue practising traditional hunting, but also educate them about the other things that threaten these animals, so that they know to try and preserve them as much as possible.

    referring to what Gremmbles said again, that boredom is a huge issue. Yes, and with all the negatives that go on in aboriginal camps such as drinking being a problem along with other things, he is right that Hunting and fishing is a very positive action in comparison to self destruction.

    and (sorry I keep being about to stop writing and then think of something else to say! – it’s such an interesting topic.)

    I noticed a few times people mentioning the comparison between japans whaling and our own hunting? I agree to some extent. I wonder if our native hunting is on the same scale as this though?


    Hi, sorry I didn’t realise maybe that was just a term I’ve been hearing alot lately, yep you guys got it right though, it’s all about home-cooking and eating locally – eg. not buying tomatoes in winter because they aren’t from your region etc. I find it’s generally easy to do this by going to local markets and buying what’s on special, because that usually guarantees that it’s local and in abundance.

    Oh and an update – I said we didn’t have any herbs growing, well yesterday our neighbour just came over and gave us some tomato seedlings she had sown herself, so we’re onto a good start I’ll try to post pictures of things sometime soon.

    Everyone seems so nice on here! :cheer:

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