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Patrick Grealy


Patrick was born and raised in Johannesburg and from a young age dreamt about living in the bush. He grew up going on family holidays to Madikwe in the North West where his passion grew. After high school Patrick went to the Eastern ...

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on The Mighty Marula Tree: Part I – It’s Fruits

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Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

Hi Patrick, I watched a wonderful series of documentaries about African majestic trees and the surrounding nature that benefit from them, it was a trilogy produced by the Jouberts. Africa’s tree of life: marula, sausage tree and baobab. Of course, everybody on earth kbow what a baobab is, but those movies were a lovely surprise. Also touching, with a delightful soundtrack. I learned a lot. Very interesting and well written blog thank you!

Auracelis Arroyo

What a beautiful way to describe the magnificence of the Marula tree. Must try the fruit next time! BTW the liquor was delicious.

Chelsea Allard
Master Tracker

While I’ve tasted Amarula liqueur, I’ve yet to try a fresh marula fruit. Could you describe the texture? I bet they would go well with cacao – yum!

Vin Beni
Master Tracker

Are the fruits available year round?

Jim Davis
Senior Digital Ranger

Ok, we give….what does the fruit taste like??

William Paynter
Master Tracker

Thank you for the information Patrick. I look forward to your future blogs about the Marula trees and their fruit.

Anita Santoro
Digital Tracker

Maybe this is coming in part two…but do you guys eat the fruit? If so, what does it taste like? And what does it look like inside? 🙂

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Patrick your view high up I the marula tree must of been incredible, nor wander the leopards go up there to see the impalas. Marula fruit must be very sweet that’s why the elephants and baboons love to eat them. Wonderful tree that bears so much fruit for the animals and birds.

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Thanks, Patrick for the nice blog on Marula Trees. I am looking forward to the next part about these trees and their fruits.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Great story Patrick! Not only is the fruit delicious, but I like how this tree takes care of the earth as well, via various byproducts by animals and the creation of jams, desserts and of course, Amarula, a favorite addition to bush coffee in the morning!

Kara Taylor
Master Tracker

I must try one next time! I love seeing a leopard resting in a marula tree, or an elephant stand on his hind legs to try to reach the fruits that are high up

Hayley Myburgh
Digital Ranger

Very special trees! I love the time of year when they’re flowering, early mornings, listening to the hum of hundreds of bees enjoying their sweet nectar.

Paul Canales
Master Tracker

Fun post Patrick, great picture of you playing the part of the leopard in the marula tree, and looking forward to what you do with the fruits in your next blog!

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