Wattleseeds are the edible seeds from any of the 120 species of Australian Acacia.
Overview of Wattleseeds
• These seeds were used by Australian Aborigines as food.
• They were consumed either green or dried which was used to make a type of bush bread.
Acacia seed flour is known for its:
– high nutritional content
– low toxicity
– its low glycemic index
– high protein content
• It is also often incorporated into diabetic foods.
• This is now the major commercial product.
• It has chocolate, coffee, hazelnut flavor profile.
• It is often added to:
– ice cream
– whipped cream
– other dairy desserts
Uses of Wattleseeds
• Uses in folk medicine
• Ornamental uses
• Symbolism and ritual
Scientific classification of Wattleseeds
• Kingdom: Plantae
• Clade: Angiosperms
• Clade: Eudicots
• Clade: Rosids
• Order: Fabales
• Family: Fabaceae
• Subfamily: Mimosoideae
• Genus: Acacia
This tree produces gum Arabic. It is:
– a food additive
– used for crafts
– in cosmetics
– soothes mucous membranes
– inflamed skin
– typhoid fever
– upper respiratory tract infections
– urinary tract inflammation
– fever in children
– stomach ache
• The roots are used for making strong ropes and cords.
• Even the bark is used for making rope.
• The wood is strong enough to make handles for tools and for weaving looms.
• It is also used as dye.
• It is used to preserve fabrics from weather, mildew and marine exposure.
• The bark is rusty brown and wood is reddish brown.
Growing/Caring conditions for Wattleseeds
• Plant or seed in a location where temperatures do not go below 64 degrees Fahrenheit.
• Place in a location with full sunlight.
• The plant needs to be misted.
• Let the soil be dry between the watering.
• If the soil gets too dry, the leaves will drop.
• The tree needs to feed every 15 to 20 days with a fertilizer which has low nitrogen levels.
• This helps in more bloom production.
• Prune the branches from spring to autumn.
• Prune every other year.
• Do not prune the leaves as the leaves are compound in this plant.
• Re-pot the plant two to four years.
• These plants attract flies, mites, aphids and thrips and hence protect the plants from these pests.
• Protect the plant from the typical disease called Anthracnose.
• This disease infects the leaves.
• Fertilize with a layer of compost on soil.