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Emu Apple

Introduction of Emu Apple

            Scientific name - Owenia vernicosa

Emu apple binomially known as Oweniaacidula is a medium sized plant belonging to the Meliaceae family. This tree holds its native roots in Australia, where it is grown on the outback woodlands of the Australian regions. This medium sized plant grows as tall as ten meters and bears pinnate leaves that appear bright and shiny. Each leaf bears a leaflet that grows 2-5 cms long. They also bear brown twigs, that if broken oozes out a milky sap like substance.
The best part of the plant being the fruit emu apple is a small structured fruit that appears to be purplish red in color with paler speckles on its ends. This fruit grows to the size of 2-4 cm wide and also bears a large stone like seed in the middle of the plup. This fruit appears to be like a ball shaped figure and the tree is majorly found in Eastern regions of Australia. Noted by a renowned explorer Major Mitchell who enjoyed the taste of this fruit, found out that it was not just him who savored the taste of this divine tasting fruit but his craving was also matched by the enjoyment of natives who were equally indulgent of this fruit. The proof of this claim were large stones lying on the ground, the stones were nothing but the seeds of the fruit. Major Mitchell further expressed that it wasn't just the fruit borne by the tree that amused him, but the various uses of this tree found by the aboriginal people was commendable. Because it's not just about satisfying your dietary needs.
This tree is mostly sported on highlands and can thrive in most types of soil in those regions. The name of the tree is influenced by the fruit it bears, this golf ball shaped fruit should be buried for a few days before consuming it. This method will enhance the taste of the fruit. This step is optional and can be skipped only if one is starving. This tree is mostly on of its kind and it grows 700 to 800 meters tall also serving as a shade tree for the livestock grazing the land.

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Nutritional Value of Emu Apple

Energy 72
Carbohydrates 19
Sugar 14
Calories 80
Calcium 8
Fiber 2.6%
Potassium 148
Phosphorus 15
Vitamin A 6
Vitamin C 37

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Uses of Emu Apple

Apart from being a delicious fruit the emu apple tree can also be put into various other uses. The ark of the emu apple tree as discussed consist of a milky sap. This sap can be collected by crushing the bark up. This can be done by using a solid blunt object that will help the process. This sap can be used for smearing a water hole or a billabong. This in turn drops the oxygen level in the water and causes the fishes to float to the surface belly upwards. Once they surface up on the water they can be collected and consumed by the locals in the nearby banks.
To add to the list of utilities of emu apple, there is one more adition. The emu apple is a great wood to turn, it gives a glossy finish and shapes well when good chisel techniques are used. The timber of this tree shaped beautifully.

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Health Benefits of Emu Apple

Cure Cuts and Wounds
Prevent from cold and Cough
Relieve from Headache

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