Crazy Over Bunya Nuts

Crazy Over Bunya Nuts

I GET SUPER EXCITED OVER THIS UNIQUE ‘AUSSIE BUSH FOOD‘ OR BUSH ‘TUCKER‘. DEFINITELY ONE OF MY FAVOURITE FOODS. THEY MAKE ME WANT TO FILL EVERY SENTANCE WITH EXCLAMATION MARKS & WRITE EVERYTHING IN CAPITAL LETTERS!!!!! FINALLY! I have some BUNYAS IN MY KITCHEN…Fresh from the organic markets.

 As you may have sensed from the way I’ve over-reacted, I’ve been dreadfully deprived. The last time I ate bunya nuts was about two years ago when we went hunting for them in other peoples paddocks. (SHHH!) Even the very thought of them can tend to make one a little desperate.

Try finding them at farmers markets if you live in Australia… Actually if you ever see them, ANYWHERE, snatch them up quick-smart!

To prepare: Boil them in lightly salted water (covering the nuts completely) for 20mins – 1/2 an hour. Then take a heavy wooden chopping board (or something similar) and using your body weight, press down on one single nut at a time, so that the thick crusted case around the nut begins to split. Sometimes it will almost split right open which makes life easier! Using a small sharp knife, cut from the top & slice through very tough husk downwards, until you can open it. TRY to get them onto your plate with some olive oil, or organic butter & salt, BEFORE eating them all!! MMMMM YUMMMM

The taste is kind of like a dry-ish waxy potato with the essence of pine cones. I only wish I could share a few with my readers, they’re such a treat. 😉

2013-12-15T23:25:57+00:00December 15th, 2013|

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  1. Lucy May 3, 2014 at 9:01 am - Reply

    Hi, i live near melbourne, would you where can i find bunya nuts in my area?

    Regards
    Lucy

    • abigail May 4, 2014 at 12:09 pm - Reply

      Hi Lucy! I don’t know of them growing in cold regions 🙁 they have such a short season as well, Bunya season is over where I live near Byron Bay, they’re usually best found through Summer on the Far North Coast or up further in QLD, if you’re ever holidaying up this way during that time of year look out for them <3

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