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    Prickly Currant Bush (Coprosma quadrifida)

    I found these growing in the Otway Ranges (mid January), but they seem to be fairly widely distributed in damp forest areas. The small, red fruits are about 7mm long with a large stone. The fruit from one plant to the next does vary, so try a few in each area.

    They are said to fruit "from late Summer to Autumn"

    The flavour is sweet and resembles a raspberry delicious ! They are abundant and easy to spot.

    Currants on the bush:
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    Currants:
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    Currants with seed:
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    Nice find,...do you try to propagate them?
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    No I haven't. SMBO is in charge of the garden, and these aren't part of the plan !

    I do like the idea of planting bushfoods at home, but I have to content myself with walks around the neighbourhood and trips to the bush itself !

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    These are in full fruit at the moment (January).

    The colour seems to vary a little from orange to bright red :
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    Each currant has two seeds
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    I hope you pinched a few cupfulls and made some jam! Tasty stuff.
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