Parakeelya (Broad Leaf) - Calandrinia balonensis (Family; Portulacaceae) is a fleshy desert plant that occurs naturally in Outback Australia in areas where you can find Spinifex and red sand. It germinates after winter rains and this entire plant was eaten by Aboriginal people, including flowers and seed heads. Pitjantjatjara people and all other desert groups valued this vegetable and baked / steamed it in hot earth and ashes at the edge of a camp fire.
This Parakeelya is unique and new to the food service of Outback Pride Fresh. Gayle has fond childhood memories of this luscious desert vegetable in remote arid places, with the joyous magenta flower like a flag in the warm sunshine.
Parakeelya is being cultivated commercially at Reedy Creek Nursery. Wash before use and keep in a refrigerator.
Uses: Great in salads and stir-fries or simply as a garnish.
Available to: Outback Pride Fresh food service