When the readers of the Bush Tucker chapter are told, for example, that "few non-Indigenous Australians know their quandongs
from their warrigal greens!" (69-70), it is clear that the possibility of Indigenous Australians as readers has never even been considered.
CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: Aldabra giant tortoises have been used on Mauritius as surrogate seed dispersers, replacing the island's extinct giant tortoises; on Madagascar, some fruits are only eaten by lemurs; gorillas' habit of defecating in open areas, where seedlings face less competition, makes them important seed dispersers; fruit bats can disperse seeds over hundreds of kilometres; estimates suggest that 70-100 plant species depend on the cassowary for seed dispersal; cassowary plums and quandongs
are among the fruits whose seeds are dispersed by cassowaries; when elephants disappear from an area, some tree species suffer; OPPOSITE: soursop seeds are dispersed by large fish in the Amazon
Increasingly they appear in upmarket restaurants, best cooked rare and often accompanied by a native Australian sauce made of quandongs
or bush tomato.
(Santalum acuminatum): Quandongs
are widespread in arid areas of S.