The Bush Tomato, also known as the Bush raisin or
Desert raisin and Akudjurra (Solanum centrale), is a bush tucker that has
gained popularity in western cuisine. Although there are several edible
species of Solanum found in the Central Australia region, Solanum
centrale is the most popular and considered favourable for cultivation
to satisfy western demands.
Other species that may be referred to as bush tomatoes include:
Care should be taken when identifying the bush tomato in the wild as there
are a number of closely related species, that are similar in appearance, but are
toxic. In addition, there
can be variation to the bush tomato, within the same species, the variation
usually obvious in the leaves, making it appear to be different
plants, even when they are growing in the same area.
The fruit of the bush tomato are
round, approximately 10-20 mm in diameter and turn from green to yellow
when ripe. When they are dried they look like raisins. Fruit ripening on the bush dry to resemble a raisin.