This was photographed in a remote area at Wilsons Promontory, Victoria.
The Tasmanian and Southern Australian aborigines traditionally treated Kangaroo Apple’s (Solanum laciniatum) cherry-sized fruits with all the respect that this potentially toxic bush tucker plant deserved. Feasting on these tomato-tasting fruits only occurred once the fruit was very ripe. To enhance the ripening process they buried piles of the yellow fruits in mounds of sand to soften and deepen their colour to an orange red.
Today as a bush tucker food, it is very versatile and can be substituted for tomatoes or eggplants to produce a delightfully spicy relish or chutney. The fruits can also be dried and preserved in herbed olive oil as a substitute for dried tomatoes.