As well as providing a bounty of bush tucker, this ancient species - the Podocarpus elatus - Illawarra Plum Pine - makes a fantastic screen. Although it is slow growing the end result is worth the wait. Podocarpus elatus is diocesous - which means it needs a pale and a female plant to produce fruit. Occasionally you will come across a plant that has both male and female reproductive components. The plant is salt tolerant and high in vitamin C and antioxidants. Thanks to Sydney Wildflower Nursery and Narelle Happ.


(Serve with plain yoghurt, vanilla ice cream or your favourite dessert)

500g Illawarra Plums, washed
200g caster sugar
Cinnamon Stick
Vanilla Pod- split and seeds scraped from middle


Combine plums, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla.
Bring to the boil and then simmer until sugar is dissolved.
Strain to remove seeds and cinnamon.