Quandong Blossom

Quandong Blossoms in Adelaide's Northern Foothills

The Quandong Santalum acuminatum is a small evergreen tree related to the Sandalwoods, native to the southern parts of Australia. It is a root parasite on other species, and thrives in arid areas.

Flowering is over mid-summer, fruit ripens around August / September. The developing fruit is green or yellowish green, then turns bright red on ripening. A tree loaded with ripe fruit is a remarkable sight.

The mature fruit are globular and vary considerably in size, from 2-4 cm diameter. It consists of a generally thin layer of flesh over a large, deeply pitted stone. Some selected varieties have a better flesh / stone ratio.

Fruit can suffer rain damage, and infestation by catterpillars of Quandong moth Paraepermenia santaliella (Gaedike).

The fruit is used in pies, preserves and jams. The kernel within the stone is also edible.