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Australian Boab seedlings as a root vegetable.


Indigenous Australians used the swollen taproot of Boab seedlings as a vegetable.
In recent years this has become more widely recognised, and commercially grown.

Baby boab roots are the tap root of the tree when itís just a seedling. The roots grow like a carrot, and the texture of the tuber is similar to water chestnuts.
They are crisp and white, with a sweet delicate flavour. They are best served raw, or lightly cooked, and can be used in salads, stir-fry and soups, or julienned for dips.
Boab leaves are also edible; they have a nutty flavour and can be used in salads, soups and stir-fries, or as a garnish. Poh used them in her boab pickle.


Wow! That is really neat! Not many people know it, but there are reports that the similar tap root on our native live oak seedlings are edible. I have eaten them in small quantities and was surprised that the root was not woody if eaten in the first spring/summer after sprouting. They kindof remind me of tiny carot shaped beets.

Wow, thanks for sharing that!
Will try to get some seeds and see for myself

Seems cruel, to eat the children before their bones harden...  ???
I only have two, so don't want to sacrifice them, but if I ever get a bumper crop I'll give it a try!



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