Spekboom Chutney by some other identify would possibly simply be referred to as dwarf jade relish – Adam’s Artwork and Bonsai Weblog

Contemplate the Portulacaria afra, what many name dwarf jade, or port, for brief. In South Africa, the place the tree is native to, it’s referred to as “spekboom” which accurately means “pork bush”. Attention-grabbing identify…..

We all know that it’s a favourite meals of elephants (one frequent identify is elephant bush) and rhinos. Goats adore it too. What about us? Is it edible? Extra importantly, is it eatable? How does it style?

My youngsters used to name it “apple tree” as a result of to me (sure I tasted it. I’m a curious SOB), it tastes like a Granny Smith apple.

Right here is an article I printed in 2012 containing the whole lot you ever needed to learn about Portulacaria afra. In it I discuss in regards to the habitat, the grazing practices of elephants, how a dwarf jade photosynthesizes and naturally, all the off subject rabbit holes I’m going down, the intemperate ideas on life, the universe, and the whole lot. I’m nonetheless even slightly extra upbeat in my writing, as I had not lived via the a number of lengthy darkish tea occasions of the soul I’ve skilled but.

Any who (the who’s Wil) I’ve been difficult my scholar (the aforementioned Wil) to provide you with a dwarf jade chutney, like they make within the finer consuming institutions (and farmhouses spattered across the wilderness) of South Africa.

Lastly, he did. First, he needed to develop, harvest, and course of some leaves.

The recipe:

He needed to make some modifications to the components as there are some merchandise ubiquitous to South Africa that we simply don’t have. Right here’s the unique recipe:

I imply, what’s up with a ml? After which a cm? You’d need to work at NASA to have the ability to convert from metric to no matter we name our models of measurements.

And what’s “B-Nicely chilli oil? Is it chili oil or another loopy factor referred to as chilli oil? And who’s getting nicely by guzzling oil? Oryx dessert salt? Is that salt from the desert however with an additional “s” or is it candy salt?

Wil is a greater chef than I. He is aware of when the garlic goes into the dish. And the way a lot abuse it may possibly take to outlive the fireplace. Wil is the Man! And never in that unfavorable connotated method, like “Down with the Man!” However like “Yo! Dude, you da’Man!”, although I do suppose he was a member of the CIA (not that one, however the Culinary institute of America).

Chopping and sorting.

Mis en place in…ah, place.

And so it begins!

I can odor it!

He saved sending me these pics as he was cooking.

It might be a number of days earlier than I obtained to style it.

He even made it fancy with a pussy cat sticker.

And he managed to get that pair of scissors in virtually each shot.

Is it good? He’ll yeah. I’ve had it on pork chops, on bread, crackers….

It’s particularly good on scorching canine.


To reply the query, “Is it edible?” Sure, and nutritious.

Is it eatable? Positively. Sprinkle it on salads, pickle the stems, or make WIL’s SPEKBOOM CHUTNEY™️ in your subsequent yard get-together.

Beneath is Wil’s improbable southern dwell oak fashion Portulacaria afra on show on the 2023 BSF Annual Conference in Orlando Fl.

A lot of the pics are Wil’s, apart from the primary and final, and the meals porn pics. Oh, and the screenshot. Don’t steal them.

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