Illawarra Plum

Podocarpus elatus

Easily distinguished from other members of the family by its external seed, the Illawarra Plum also beats many of them, hands down, in the nutrition stakes, too.

This rather strange looking fruit is another wonderful source of many antioxidants - protective compounds that help defend the body against cell-damaging free radicals.

illawarra plum

A fantastic source of numerous different antioxidants (including the especially useful anthocyanins), the illawarra plum is a real antioxidant powerhouse. A recent Australian Government study found that the antioxidant content of this superfood was over 7 times that of blueberries, which most people accept as a pretty good antioxidant standard. Given the vast array of free-radical damage that we sustain on a daily basis, powerful antioxidants such as the illawarra plum can be especially beneficial in protecting us from these damaging compounds.

In addition to this, however, the illawarra plum also contains significant amounts of mucopolysaccharides (especially sticky sugars) which are particularly beneficial for a healthy gut. When combined with the highly beneficial dietary fiber found in this, as in most fruits, we have yet another heavyweight superfood that packs much more punch than it would, at first appear.

Illawarra plums are found on the Eastern seaboard of Australia and are also distinguished as one of the few fruit-bearing trees that have both male and female variants.

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