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 title…..
We all know that it’s a favourite meals of elephants (one frequent title 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 concerning the habitat, the grazing practices of elephants, how a dwarf jade photosynthesizes and naturally, the entire off subject rabbit holes I’m going down, the intemperate ideas on life, the universe, and the whole lot. I’m nonetheless even a bit extra upbeat in my writing, as I had not lived by way of the a number of lengthy darkish tea instances of the soul I’ve skilled but.
Any who (the who’s Wil) I’ve been difficult my scholar (the aforementioned Wil) to give you 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.
He needed to make some adjustments to the elements 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 must 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 properly 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 could possibly take to outlive the hearth. Wil is the Man! And never in that unfavorable connotated approach, 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 scent it!
He stored sending me these pics as he was cooking.
It might be a number of days earlier than I acquired to style it.
He even made it fancy with a pussy cat sticker.
And he managed to get that pair of scissors in nearly each shot.
Is it good? He’ll yeah. I’ve had it on pork chops, on bread, crackers….
It’s particularly good on sizzling canines.
To reply the query, “Is it edible?” Sure, and nutritious.
Is it eatable? Undoubtedly. Sprinkle it on salads, pickle the stems, or make WIL’s SPEKBOOM CHUTNEY™️ to your subsequent yard get-together.
Under is Wil’s unbelievable southern reside oak fashion Portulacaria afra on show on the 2023 BSF Annual Conference in Orlando Fl.
Many 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.