Bush Tucker Ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Dave Ward, Nov 25, 2019.

  1. Dave Ward

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    After having collected & cooked up some quandongs the previous week, I wanted to get some more before the season ended so I headed off on the KLR in search of bush tucker.

    I have only ever found a few quandong bushes/trees south of the Stirling Range National Park (~90kms north of Albany) so planned an afternoon ride that would take me along a few roads north of the National Park on which I'd found the fruit in previous years.

    I rode north to Mt Barker & turned right towards Kendenup but the few trees near there weren't bearing fruit this year so I continued NE up Red Gum Pass through the western end of the National Park.
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    Once out of the park you get into flat country with small dried up salt lakes scattered around. It was on some of these roads that I found plenty of quandong bushes but a lot didn't have fruit on 'em this year. I managed to find enough ripe fruit to provide me with dessert treats for a while.
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    Then I headed further east till I hit (the sealed) Formby South Rd and detoured a few kms to the top of Mt Trio Rd for a few pics of the surrounding area.
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    When I got home at 6:00pm, I'd ridden 250 kms on a pleasant afternoon through some of the most scenic (non coastal) areas in this part of the state.

    Then I had the task of cutting up, washing & briefly cooking the fruit in syrup.

    Quandongs are also known as native or wild peach, and I suppose they do look a bit like a peach. There's not a lot of flesh on each fruit but they are very tasty, especially when cooked or made into jam.

    Many people don't like the taste of 'em raw (I do!) but I've not met anyone who dislikes the taste once cooked/sweetened. Raw, they are very tart tasting and are one of the highest concentrations of vitamin C of any fruit.
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    And...
    The reward, quandong on icecream.
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    Eaglebeak All roads rider, West Oz.

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    Nice.
    I’ve never eaten Quandong.

    What was the temp Dave, it looks warm ?
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    It was probably about 25, very pleasant conditions for a ride.
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  6. UncleGra

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    Never seen the Stirling Ranges in the flesh..they are beautifull, must go there one day.
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    NoelJ Been here awhile

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    A little Les Hiddins moment on ADVRider! Cool pics, much less "wasteland-y" than most I see of Australia; looks beautiful.
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    Very nice Dave, was down that way last week
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  12. Muddler

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    Albany region rocks! Thanks for sharing Dave
    Is that a KLR with a proper top box, not a milk crate? Shame on you :lol3
    Stayed at Mt Trio once, took my son for a trip to climb Bluff Knoll. Good option for visiting Adventure Riders I reckon. Watch out for the ticks though
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  13. thadf

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    Very interesting read. Thanks for posting
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    Thank you Dave! Interesting read on the quandongs as well.
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    The National Park looks a bit different now and is closed for the next few weeks or months. The highest peak is Bluff Knoll seen in these pics before and during the fires of last week.

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