Bush tomato


Also desert raisin, akadjura.

Latin name: Solanum centrale. This is a true member of the Solanum family, along with garden tomato, capsicum, and so on.
Bush tomato

Eating


  • The fruit of a sparse desert plant.
  • Intense spicy, caramelly, tomato-ey flavour with a bitter edge.
  • Best used as a spice rather than a central ingredient.
  • When dried and crushed to a powder, is known as “akadjura” (spelling will vary).
  • Whole berries work well in sauces and flavourings for meat.
  • Akadjura is very good mixed with salt and used to enhance savoury dishes.
  • Mixes well with flour to make breads, pasta, etc.
  • Mixes surprisingly well with coffee to round out the coffee flavour.

Growing


bush tomato in the ground

  • We've not grown it ourselves so this is rather extrapolated from our knowledge of its growing habits!
  • Found naturally in the desert regions of central Australia.
  • Appreciates this region's lack of humidity, but needs to be protected against the daytime winter temperatures and heavy soils.
  • Would do well in a pot, brought inside in winter.
  • Might work as an annual.
  • There is an excellent Bush Tomato Handbook which we are using as our main resource for growing this plant.