Muntries

Known as emu apples or native cranberries Muntries are a low growing shrub found on the south coast of Australia.

When ripe the berries are green with a red tinge and have the flavour of spicy apples. It forms a dense, weed suppressing ground cover. From spring it has white fluffy looking flowers followed by edible berries, green in colour with a red to purplish tinge at maturity, up to 1 cm or more in diameter, with a spicy-apple flavour.

In the wild the muntries plant (Kunzea pomifera) occurs as a prostrate or occasionally semi-upright shrub along the southern coast of Australia, with inland extensions, from Portland in Victoria to the Eyre Peninsula and Kangaroo Island in South Australia.

Muntries (also known as munthari, muntaberry or monterry) are a long time favourite of our traditional people. They hold a significant place in the historical diet of the Narrindjeri people of the Coorong in the south-east of South Australia.

The fruit played a major part in the diet, not only when fresh, but also after being dried and stored for the winter months. They were often traded with other tribes, usually after being pounded into a paste which was then dried.

Early settlers used the berries in pies. The fruit can be used fresh in desserts and fruit salads, or cooked in pies, chutneys, jams and sweet or savoury sauces.

Fabulous in hot cross buns, 200gm packets of frozen Muntries can be purchased from Taste Australia Bush Food Shop