As we were leaving Mossel Bay I spied a bush on the side of the road. Unfortunately I didn't get a pic of it, but I did nab three berries - three large berries.
The bush - I think it was pruned, and had green thorns and lots of very pretty white star-like flowers and loads of these large berries.
|A sticky white liquid quickly oozes from the|
berry as soon as it is picked from the bush
The first thing I noticed was that as soon as they were picked the crown where the berry met the branch started oozing - a white, very sticky fluid. I immediately wrapped them in newspaper - so they wouldn't leak the sticky gum in the car.
|3 hours later the sticky white fluid is still visible|
in the flesh and around the edges of the berry
|The seeds are almost identical to watermelon|
seeds, only much smaller
Does anyone know what it is?
If it's indigenous I fancy trying to grow them from seed. It's a very attractive bush and should also attract birdlife :) Maybe even the field mice might fancy it - more than they fancy my tomatoes and butternut... That would be a win, and would form another aspect to eco-friendly pest control.