The bunya nut is truely worth feasting on. Nuts are eaten raw, roasted, fried or freshly ground into baking flour. The timber is just as valuable as Hoop Pine, but most would argue that the food value far outways any desire to cut it down for timber.
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OTHER COMMON NAMES
Bunya, Bon-yi, Buhnyi, Bunya Bunya
Nuts are eaten raw, roasted, fried or freshly ground into baking flour. The timber is just as valuable as Hoop Pine, but most would argue that the food value far outways any desire to cut it down for timber.
Bunya Pines are an ancient rainforest tree from Gondwana times, inhabiting coastal moutains of northern NSW and south-eastern Qld in Australia. Trees in the wild are most abundantly found in the Bunya Mountains south-west of Kingaroy in Qld.
A very large evergreen tree growing up to 80 metres which tolerates frost and is drought hardy once established. Trees are dioecious, you will need to plant a few trees to ensure a future harvest. It will take 12-15 years before the Bunya produces huge cones containing numerous edible chestnut shaped nuts.
|Size||Large tree (15m+)|
|Sun Exposure||Full sun|