Enjoying Pig Face: Carpobrotus glaucescens

Carpobrotus or ‘Pig Face’ is one of my favourite bush foods to eat, it tastes like an over-ripe Kiwi fruit with a salty edge,  delicious! This morning as we were rambling through our local sand dune and beach my son found a pig face fruit and what do you know I had my camera handy 😉

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Carpobrotus glaucescens usually fruits in Summer and Autumn therefore we could only find half a dozen fruit on our dune. I have only recently figured out how to find and eat the fruit, so I thought I would try to show clearly what to look for.

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This is what the fruit the fruit looks like when you pick it, “the fruits are purplish-red with 2 horns”  ‘Wild Food Plants of Australia by Tim Low.

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To access the fruit you hold it with the opening up and horns down and squeeze.

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Until it pops out, its quite fun.

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The little fruit is white and brown, it should pop out easily, if it doesn’t it is not ripe.

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In the image above you can see the insides are full of little brown seeds, very similar to a Kiwi fruit.

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Then you eat it, yum, yum!!!  a great snack to be foraged after being tossed about in the surf 🙂 Enjoy!

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