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pagnr

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Australian Boab seedlings as a root vegetable.
« on: October 10, 2022, 04:58:09 PM »
Indigenous Australians used the swollen taproot of Boab seedlings as a vegetable.
In recent years this has become more widely recognised, and commercially grown.

https://www.abc.net.au/tv/pohskitchen/stories/s3345483.htm
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.


http://www.ausbushfoods.com/bushfoodsonline/news/Boab.htm
« Last Edit: October 11, 2022, 02:50:21 AM by pagnr »

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Re: Australian Boab seedlings as a root vegetable.
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2022, 10:42:10 AM »
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.

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Re: Australian Boab seedlings as a root vegetable.
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2023, 12:16:29 AM »
Wow, thanks for sharing that!
Will try to get some seeds and see for myself
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Re: Australian Boab seedlings as a root vegetable.
« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2023, 11:19:52 PM »
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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