Muntries or Native Apples

These little beauties are found on low-growing shrubs that are native to the south coast of Australia. Also called emu apple or native cranberry, they are known for their antioxidant value, which is around four times higher than that of blueberries. With a spicy apple flavour and a pretty red and green tinge, your kids will think they have won the fairy lottery in apples and eat them like candy. Much like they used to be traditionally, they can be used dried or pounded and made into a paste and dried into a strap. I love them fresh in salads.

◎  Common Name: Muntrie, Native Apples, Emu Apple, Native Cranberry. 

◎  Scientific or Latin Name: Kunzea pomifera

◎  ComparisonGranny Smith apple; hint of clove and sweetness 

◎  Seasonality:  Feb–Mar fresh, or all year frozen

◎  Region:  Southern Coastal Australia