Ceylon Olive - Elaeocarpus serratus

I had a request from Cedric in Maryborough for a Ceylon Olive so I rang Shirley Philpott who said that they use to eat them straight off the tree when she lived there as a young girl. It’s an ornamental medium-sized tree, indigenous to Ceylon, producing smooth, ovoid, green fruits of the size of olives which they resemble. The fleshy portion surrounding the seed is sub-acid. In its unripe state they are also used in pickling. It is propagated by seed and thrives in moist low-country up to 2000ft.

Authored by: 
Sheryl Backhouse
Sourced from: 
STFC newsletter Aug Sept 2008
Date sourced: 
Aug 2008