Did you know that Native Pigface, Karkalla, Carpobrotus, Ice Plant, Beach Banana whatever you want to call it is gracing the swankiest of dining tables all across Australia and the world!!!
Native Pigface is widely seen right along the coast of Australia, usually knitting together sand dunes or flourishing high up on rock shelves, this super hardy succulent is also indigenous to our beautiful Jervis Bay and the surrounding areas.
Every part of the Native Pigface plant is edible, the red-purple fruit has a flavour described by some as like salty strawberry or kiwi fruit and even salty apples! Its thick, fleshy leaves can be eaten either raw or cooked and the roasted leaves may be used as a salt substitute. The juice from the leaves can be used to soothe stings or burnt skin as well as mixed with water and gargled to teat sore throats and mild bacterial mouth infections. The fruit has also been used as a laxative!!!
Here at the Sanctuary Point Garden Centre we have lots of great varieties of Native Pigface in stock now along with many other delicious “Bush Tucker” varieties.