[Fwd: Pittosporum crassifolium]
- Though this might be of interest to folks.
> David N (davidni@...) added the comment:--
> Pittosporum crassifolium nectar is quite tasty strait from the flower,
> much better than New Zealand flax nectar which was used by the Maori
> and still today by some people but which I find usually tainted with
> a bitter flavor as well as sweetness.
> I break the bottom off the small purple flower and suck,
> the amount is tiny but it is very nice. Have never heard of anyone else doing this,
> I tried it after reading in Cheddar Valley Nurseries catalogue that Pittosporums are good nectar
> sources for bees and have since seen them on P.crassifolium.
> I expect the nectar is safe since it is recommended for beekeepers but cant guarantee it.
> Not a stunning use but not bad for something so coastal tol.
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