Sweet apple berry is a small climbing plant native to Australia. It has oval pointed leaves and produces tubular blooms that range from light pink, to bluish-white. Apple berry blooms mature into tasty apple berries.
Aborigines and early European settlers ate it , and in recent years it has been making a comeback as a popular bush food. Eaten off the bush , it has a licorice or anise like flavor, however it ripens fully off the bush and develops a stewed apple flavor when over ripe.
It will grow well in North America in USDA Zones 8 and 9 but should be sheltered from winter winds and mulched well to protect root systems. It can also be grown indoors, but like most vining plants - this is not always feasible.
It is a vining plant which in the wild requires a host to climb - domesticated it will grow well on a trellis. It will also grow as a matted ground cover , but fruit production will be diminished.
Fresh seeds will germinate rather quickly generally within a few weeks, however, if allowed to dry out, the seeds have been known to resist germination for up to a year, or simply not germinate at all.
Acidic soil with a pH of 5.6-6.5 is optimal. Light applications of slow release fertilizer are advantageous.