Murraya koenigii is the name of the plant!
This is our curry plant. It was grown from a cutting about 5 years ago and is now enormous! I wasn't sure it would survive in Melbourne but it has flourished despite our cold winters! We did have to relocate it to my mums place when we moved a few years ago but it is still flourishing frost and all.
It loves full sun. The leaves have a wonderful subtle nutty smell when you crush or rub them, but don't smell unless you do.
Warning: Whilst the fruit is edible, the seeds are posionous so don't eat them!!
If growing from seed, you have to plant the fruit whole as it won't germinate if grown from dried or shriveled seeds. Still the best is to get a seedling. I recently saw a tiny tiny plant measuring no more than 10 cm tall selling for $15. Scandalous!
The flowers are small white and fragrant.
A funny story and I wish I could find the old photos, a year ago little old Chinese ladies (the neighbours saw them but never in time to catch them) kept driving past, jumping out and hacking into the plant and dashing away again. My mum was so annoyed that she set up a neighbourhood watch for the thieves and set a little chicken wire fence around the plant with a big sign saying 'DO NOT STEAL. IF YOU WANT SOME RING THE DOORBELL AND ASK NICELY'.
I'll try to dig up that old photo :)
From time to time she still does get drive by stealings of the curry plant but she doesn't mind too much as long as they don't hack into the plant and destroy it.
The leaves go wonderfully well with kaffir lime leaves!...
...to make a yummy Malaysian style bean and eggplant curry like this:
Have a lovely tuesday everyone! Hope you encounter and scoff down something yummy!