Pig­face ( Car­po­bro­tus rossii)

Gardening Australia - - KITCHEN GARDEN -

Pig­face is the hum­ble king of wild fruits. Grow­ing nat­u­rally along the south­ern coast of Aus­tralia, this pros­trate suc­cu­lent is easy to in­clude in the gar­den. Pre­fer­ring full sun, it will spread over a wide area as a ground­cover and drape down rock walls, and pro­duces a pro­fu­sion of bright pink, daisy-type flow­ers fol­lowed by fruit in sum­mer. The bland leaves can be eaten cooked, but the fruit is truly mag­nif­i­cent, with pulp that is a sweet, straw­berry-figgy de­light. Fruit is ex­cel­lent in jams and jel­lies, pre­served or eaten raw. I love a sim­ple pig­face and black­berry coulis ( see page 64). So sum­mery… it’s per­fect. Flow­ers can be eaten, but I pre­fer the fruit.

20–30cm 1–3m

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