One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large edible gall produced by the mulga, an Australian acacia tree.‘these honeypot ants gather nectar from the mulga apple’
- ‘The mulga apples are quite pleasant, as well.’
- ‘These latter galls are called mulga-apples and are said to be very welcome to the thirsty traveller.’
- ‘Mulga apples were added to their diet along the way.’
- ‘Leaving the neighbourhood of Lake Kumarina, they travelled farther north, gathering the mulga apples by the way.’
- ‘The mulga bears a small woody fruit called the mulga apple.’
- ‘Another important food provided by the mulga tree in the cooler months is the mulga apple.’
- ‘If the desert people lose their language, who will know its special word for the white powder that forms on the mulga apple?’
- ‘Little is recorded about mulga apples beyond the fact that they have a sweet taste and that both the gall itself, and the wasp larva in its centre, are eaten.’
- ‘The sweet material, afterwards made into honey by the ants, may be derived from the mulga apple.’
- ‘In the season, he eats the native peach and the mulga apple, two of the fruits indigenous to this part of the world.’
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