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.