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Sea grapes
Sea grapes, Coccoloba uvifera, make a great jam.
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hmmmmm. Fascinating to see unfamiliar tropical fruit as always Ken. The bunches look about right for grapes but the leaves are way off. Do you have a photo of this whole tree? Is there a 'wine' that can be made from these 'grapes' ?
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Hi Stu,
This is related to buckwheat and rubarb rather than grapes. I've had jam and sauces from it but never tried the wine. It is reportedly made in Tobago and other island areas in the Carribean and Mexico. It grows on the shoreline in the tropics. Need to work with it more and see what I can come up with!
take care
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An interesting parentage there Buckwheat & Rubarb!!!!

Very interesting :-)
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Hi TasC
Im not sure why but they all belong to the family Polygonaceae.
I forget all the Latin meanings!

It's easy to be a millionair farmer! Start with 2 million!
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The dock family of weeds are also members of the polygonaceae family.
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Some people used to confuse dock weed with rubarb in Chicago. They didnt get sick but I cant imagine what it tasted like although there a number of related herbs. I thikn sorrel is Polygonaceae too.
Is Macquarie Vine edible?
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I am not familiar with Macquarie Vine Ken, I dont know if any other Aussies are?

When they first started to talk about growing buckwheat here in Tas, people thought it was related to a cereal but when I saw it I thought it looked like a dock.
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Thought Macquarie Vine was a bush tucker plant from your area, could be thinking of something else though. Just found something while searching in another window
http://images.statelibrary.tas.gov.au/Fullimage.asp?Letter=M&Title=Macquarie+Harbour+vine+(End+paper)&ID=AUTAS001126076447

I'm used to seeing buckwheat in Japan and being celiac thats about all I can eat if its 100%. I tried it as a cover crop here in Hawaii with limited success. Got enough to mill for me but not worth selling. Now I just get it when I'm in Japan a few times a year.

Some people do use it as a cereal in Japan or instead of rice if they are diabetic.
take care
ken
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Macquarie Harbour is a place on the west coast of Tassie, along way from where I live, so it might well be a bus tucker plant from here. It just isnt one I have seen here in my area (central Northern Midlands area).

Cheers,

TC ;-)
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One of these days I hope to get down there, Was only in Darwin for a day once which doesnt count!

take care
ken
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I am sure someone who has a passion for different plants such as yourself, would find it a fascinating place Ken :-)
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I'm sure I would love it.
When I was with AP I traveled around with Muldoon of NZ as a newsman
but want to come visit there. I know only fruits and not much about other plants. If I cant eat it I usually dont plant it!
take care
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