Bunya nuts

It is funny how the memory works.  My fascination with Bunya Nuts was instantaneous when I first discovered them.  Yet, last night I made an interesting connection.  A friend from Chile came for dinner the other night and he asked if I cooked with the pine nuts whilst in Chile.  I hadn’t, but I had been lucky enough to eat some bread that had the nuts.  I remember being told about the nuts, and how the Mapuche had used them.  It had completely gone from my memory, and of course, when I discovered the bunya nuts, I did not make the connection at all.

With the help of the internet I have discovered that the nuts in Chile are in fact from a tree called Araucaria araucana.  They look very like my lovely bunya pines.  It is such a small and beautiful world.

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