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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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History of Emu Apple

The Emu apple is a type of fruit grown in Australia and New Zealand. It is a sweet, juicy, round fruit that has a dark red to purple colored skin. The inside of the fruit is pale yellow and has a mild, sweet flavor. The Emu apple is believed to be native to Australia and New Zealand, but its exact origin is unknown. It is believed to have been introduced to the region by aboriginal people as early as 18th century. However, it is unclear whether or not it was already present in the area at the time or if it was introduced by travelers. The earliest recorded mention of the Emu apple was in a book published in 1864 by Reverend William Colenso, titled "The Natural History of the New Zealand Flora". He described the fruit as being "very sweet, juicy and of excellent flavor".

The Emu apple has been grown in Australia and New Zealand since the 19th century. It is one of the few fruits that can survive in the harsh climate of Australia and New Zealand. The hardy nature of the fruit makes it ideal for growing in climates with high heat and low humidity. The Emu apple is a very popular fruit in Australia and New Zealand. It is often eaten fresh or used in various recipes, such as jams, jellies and pies. The fruit can also be dried for later use.

The Emu apple is a very nutritious fruit. It is rich in vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C, iron, magnesium, calcium and potassium. It is also high in dietary fiber, which can help to reduce cholesterol levels and aid in digestion. The Emu apple is a very versatile fruit. It can be eaten on its own, added to salads, used in jams and jellies, or cooked in various recipes. It is also a popular ingredient in many homemade cosmetics, such as body scrubs and facial masks. The Emu apple is an important part of the Australian and New Zealand culture. It is often featured in art and literature, and is a popular symbol of the countries. It is also a reminder of the hardy nature of the people who live in the region and their ability to adapt to difficult conditions.

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Propagation of Emu Apple

The propagation of Emu apples is an interesting process. It requires a few steps that must be taken in order to successfully grow and cultivate this unique fruit. The first step is to select the right type of apple tree. The Emu apple is known for its small, tart flavor, so it is important to select a tree with this flavor profile. Additionally, the tree should have a good amount of space to allow for growth and the production of fruit. Once the tree is chosen, it is important to ensure that it is planted in the best possible location. The soil should be fertile and well-draining, with plenty of sunlight and some protection from wind and cold. Additionally, the tree should be kept free of weeds and other pests.

The next step is to take care of the tree. This includes pruning, fertilizing, and mulching it to ensure it will have enough nutrients and water to thrive. Additionally, the tree should be monitored for signs of disease or insect infestation and treated if necessary. The tree should then be allowed to grow and fruit. This can take up to two years, depending on the type of apple tree and the climate. During this time, regular pruning should be done to keep the tree in good shape. Additionally, the tree should be monitored for signs of disease and pests.

The last step is the harvest. When the apples are ripe, they can be harvested and stored. It is important to pick the apples at the right time so that they are not overripe or underripe. Additionally, the apples should be stored in a cool, dry place for up to a year to ensure the longest shelf life. Propagating Emu apples is a rewarding process that takes time and patience. However, with the proper care and attention, it can be done successfully and will provide delicious fruit for years to come.

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