What are Muntries? Otherwise known as 'Emu Apple', 'Native Cranberry' or its scientific name, 'Kunzel Pomifera', these little beauties grow on low growing shrubs and are native to the South Coast of Australia.
Known for their high antioxidant value, they are said to be around four times higher than that of blueberries. With a unique spicy apple flavour and a pretty red and green tinge, the magic of these fruits is that kids will eat them like candy. They can be used traditionally, or used dried, or pounded and made into a paste, or even dried into a fruit like strap. Personally, I love them fresh in salads, like this one.
Australian Native Recipe Muntrie, Fig and Prosciutto Salad
- 450g prosciutto, thinly sliced
- 200g fresh or frozen muntries, thawed out see notes
- 4 large ripe figs, sliced in eighths
- 4 peaches, stone removed and quartered
- 2 mozzarella or burrata balls, ripped into pieces
- Warndu Native Thyme Oil (you can use olive oil)
- Warndu Wattleseed Balsamic (you can use candied balsamic)
- A few sprigs of slender or river mint, picked
- A few sprigs of wild basil
- Salt and pepper to taste, use Warndu Native Salt and Pepper
Layer the meat and mozzarella on the base of your serving platter and in between it tuck in the peach and figs. Generously scatter over your muntries, picked herbs and then drizzle over the oil and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper.
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