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Cyperus bulbosus (Bush Onion)

The Bush Onion looks like a grass and is found in the coastal dunes and sandhills of the floodplains as well as on the fringes of salt marches. It is not actully related to the onion or other alliacae.  It is considered to be an important bush food for Kimberley Aboriginal people and the best time to look for YarrinYarri (in the Yawuru language) is after the constant rains of the wet season. The bush onion has tiny edible bulbs just like onions and around April/ May is the best time to pick them. They’re gathered by digging in the sand and can either be eaten straight away or cooked in hot ashes. The bush onion is also a favoured food for Brolgas!


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