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Ray Mears
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found this healthy birds eye chili plant growing in the bush .its over 7ft tall.
Went back today and was going to get some chili’s for growing the seeds.
when I got to where the plant was there was a brown colored snake guarding the spot,
It got up and boogied , up off the ground in our direction.
I had a meter or so room to move, so I left without getting the chillis.

Hot find!

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‘Tis good hot stuff koalaboi .

here are some cocky apples found flourishing nearby this season .
I think the term bush tucker is pretty loose .
Tried a few and so far
Haven’t tried one that tasted great yet .
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here is a floating plant I found today , I think it’s water hyacinth , though I’m not yet sure . So I’ll triple check first.could be water lettuce , could be nothing edible , I’m new to it.
If it is it will be a future bush stew ingredient . They eat it in Asia so I read (Thailand) boiled.
called a noxious weed here .
Edit : https://agriculture.vic.gov.au/biosecurity/weeds/state-prohibited-weeds/water-hyacinth

if it is water hyacinth may need to eat and then call the government .



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Came across some bunya pines today .
they taste good , just cut the pointy end off the seed when you put in the camp oven with your roast , or in the pan so they don’t explode.
They keep for a long time too.
Second photo is how much came from one , once you’ve popped the first segment out it’s easy to pull apart and get the nuts out .some contain more nuts than others.
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CB2240F3-715A-41ED-ADEA-6CA30F1190A1.jpegCocky apple when cut open , a bit like an unusual cucumber.
Notice the whispy tail which grows out of them.


15A91104-0573-44C4-9183-5CAA53002341.jpegEdible ripe sandpaper figs . Check for a hole as the wasps lay larvae in them often when they’re ripe. The ants are on them getting the milky sap as they’re bursting too .
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lots of fruit here , I thought was lily pilly long shape pointed towards the end these ones , tasted like them . One big seed in the middle of fruit .E451049F-CC8E-4B39-A6C0-0B2AB793FC35.jpeg
 
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Some more of these little wild passion fruit , not safe to eat yet until they turn yellow orange .
These ones are about 3 times the size of others I’ve seen and loaded with fruit .69C43B8C-99CA-4E67-B0CA-87971949B8A5.jpeg

71479CA8-05D8-4342-80BF-E07EF50BE3C2.jpegThe poisonous cunjevoi , this ones got a big stem on it .
I’ve been stung by the gympie gympie stinging plant before a couple times .
Apparently the milky sap from the cunjevoi can help ease the sting although I’ve never tried it.

if you see the cunjevoi you may well see the stinging plant ! Beware .
they like the same terrain up here in North Queensland forests.
 
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some cluster figs , not ripe , amazing what good rain can do for a bumper crop.
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spiral pandanus , well you can cut the heads to get to the softer center part and eat it too .
That’s probably the “heartiest” food we saw today .

so many snakes in this country , I did stop and pull up my wool socks and had long loose pants on before we went in .
 

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Looks like a forest full of bush tucker.
I think if you were relying on this sort of thing , knowing the seasons while traveling from place to place like the aboriginals have, would be really very important .
 
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