ABORIGINAL BUSH FOODS
at the Coal Loader, Waverton, Sydney, NSW - a renewal
DAY 1. 23 JUNE 2020
A day to remember - the renewal of the native bush food garden at the Coal Loader, Waverton, Sydney. Tiers have been skillfully designed and made, soil, plants and mulch ready to go. Volunteers and Eric champing at the bit.
ALL SUGGESTIONS, CONTRIBUTIONS, CORRECTIONS WELCOME.
Site is just for us really - just to keep a nice record plus I have a grandchild thinking of his career - very sustainabilty orientated and spends a lot of time in the bush - this is for him too.
LOAMANDRA longifolia (Matt rush, Dadar of Darkinjung, Karawun of Woi Wurrung)
The flowers contain high amounts of very sweet nectar. High in sugars and carbohydrates, they can be eaten fresh from the raceme which have a fresh pea taste. Or they can be soaked in water as a food drink for young children when dehydrated. The seed can be ground into a meal flour and is usually soaked in water with other nectar flowers to enable fermentation. The semi fermented meal was then roasted in coals as Johnny cakes. The rhizomes were also cooked in coals and have a stringy but sweet potato flavour.
Before embarking on long journeys across dry areas, Aboriginal men were seen pulling the young leaf straps out and weaving them into a belt with a special weave that allowed them to pull a single leaf strap out without undoing the entire weave. They then would suck and chew on the white crispy end which had a nutty flavour. It is said the ends relieved thirst.