CLARENCE: There are around 60 species of Lilly Pilly in Australia, and the fruits from all of them are edible, although not all of them are as palatable as others. The fruits of the Creek Lilly Pilly (Syzgium australe) are particularly tasty, as are the slightly tarter fruits of the Szygium luehmannii.
Are Lilly Pillies poisonous?
The fruit is not poisonous, but certainly could not be described as edible. Coming from sheltered sites, this tree is much hardier than expected being quite happy in full sun and able to withstand at least a light frost.
Are Lilly Pillies good for you?
Apart from its astringent properties, Lilly Pilly is also rich in antioxidants like anthocyanins that help create a protective barrier against free radicals and oxidative stress. In fact, studies have shown that Lilly Pilly has 2 times higher oxygen radical absorbance capacity than blueberries.
How do you eat Lilly Pilly?
You can add lilly pilly berries to homemade lemonade or your favourite apple crumble recipe, use them (and the flowers) to garnish a tart, make a sweet cordial, or try eating them fresh. Lilly pilly berries are available in some grocers and the lush green plants are available at most gardening stores and market stalls.
Are Lilly Pilly leaves edible?
As well as having evergreen, glossy leaves and masses of fluffy white flowers in late spring to summer, they also produce colourful, edible berries. Don looked at the purple fruit of Syzygium australe. Although lilly pilly fruit is edible, it is not very tasty.
Who eats Lilly Pilly?
If the foliage on your lillypilly is eaten, it is likely to be a caterpillar. There are two products that we can recommend to control caterpillars that are very effective in controlling this pest. Success Ultra is a natural insecticide which has activity by both contact and ingestion.
What do you do with Lilli Pilli fruit?
Lilly Pilly berries are used to make jams, jellies, syrups, and chutney, and they are incorporated into salad dressings for a unique flavor. The fruits are also mixed into green salads, blended into smoothies, cooked with sugar and used as a topping over ice cream, or baked into muffins, pies, cakes, bread, and tarts.
Is Lilly Pilly an Australian native?
Lilly pilly is native to Australia and although it grows as tall as 30 metres in its natural setting you can easily prune them to a much more manageable size.
What did aboriginals use Lilly Pilly?
Native Aborigines traditionally used Lilly Pilly for its great healing and anti bacterial properties and ate the berries when in season for the vitamin C content.
What does Lilly Pilly jam taste like?
The jam is a beautiful deep pink-red colour and I think tastes a little like a mix between plum and strawberry jam. Delicious!
How do you know when Lilly Pilly berries are ripe?
Once the fruits turn blue or purple, they are ready to harvest by simply plucking them from the branch. Blue Lilly Pilly is a hardy species that will tolerate dry conditions once established. However, as a rainforest plant, it prefers rich, well-drained soils that are kept moist throughout the year.
Does Lilly Pilly make good firewood?
Bark is rough, often scaly and grey or brown grey in colour. ie good shade tree or wind break, good cabinet, building or fire wood, fire resistant, flood or drought tolerant.
How can you tell a Lilly Pilly?
Lilly pillies are evergreen rainforest plants with glossy green leaves. Many varieties have flushes of colourful new growth, ranging from brilliant pink to a red-brown. In spring to early summer most lilly pillies have fluffy white or greenish flowers followed by long lasting red, purple or whitish berries.
Can you freeze Lilly Pilly fruit?
LILLY-PILLY JELLY Collect fresh, firm, ripe fruit from trees and wash well. If you do not intend to make the jelly immediately, you can freeze the berries for later use.