1883M.A. Carey-HobsonFarm in Karoo 42‘Master likes Gocums?’ said the boy. ‘Hottentot figs very good.’ ‘It is the fruit of the figbearing Mysembryanthemum, and many people are very fond of it. You had better let him show you how to peel them, for if you get any of the very saline outer covering, you will find it extremely disagreeable.’
1912E. London Dispatch 28 Sept. 12 (Pettman)We roamed the veld and bush in search of wild fruits — myrtle apples, ‘t’gokums,’ ‘gwenyas,’ etc. — which I presume are still to be found by the enterprising East London youth.
1924Cape Argus 1 Feb. 7Crystallised ghurkums and naartjies are novel delicacies which she expects to put on the market.
1949J. Allen Memoirs. 48There were many wild fruits growing in the bush, such as zuurberries, gocums, sour figs and others.
1970Evening Post 10 Oct. (Mag. Sect.) 3Gocums..are usually ready to be picked for jam in December and January. Gocum Jam. Peel the gocums and wash them well. Add one pound of sugar to every one pound of gocums.
1976A.P. BrinkInstant in Wind 153He brings her a concoction of ghaukum leaves picked far below the snowline that afternoon.
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