However, a random visit to a friend in the Gold Coast Hinterland bought us in contact with some on the side of the road!! I was for the first time in my life not only in the presence of a Bunya nut but also in possession of three whole cones!
Here's what I did...
After reading Linda's comment (below) and having a look at her bunya nut post, I tried boiling the bunya nuts and have to agree that they are nicer boiled! I took her advice and dipped them into a oily dip (in this case a home made egg based mayonnaise) and they were really quite good. Filling as well! Thanks Linda!
Green-ness: 5/5 for foraging for food!
Frugal-ness: 5/5 for not paying for food that can retail at almost $1 a nut!!!
Time cost: 50 years to grow the tree,10 seconds to pck the cone/s up off the ground and hide it in the boot of the car just in case you shouldn't be picking them up, about 10 minutes to remove the nuts from the cone, 1/2 and hour to roast them all and up to three days to figure out how to get them out of the shell safely!
Skill level: A 'give it a go' attitude!
Fun-ness: Great fun to find and eat something that I've only ever read or heard about!