Typha

 

How many of us know that Noongar people of southwestern Australia seasonally harvested one of the most ancient carbohydrates known to humankind that derived from the succulent rhizomes of Typha or the common bulrush found along the margins of rivers, lakes and seasonal wetlands. The Noongar called this food plant yanjet – a term which alludes to the plant’s freshwater habitat and also the resemblance of its fluffy seeding flower spike to tufts of emu feathers worn as bodily ornaments during corroborrees and other ceremonial occasions. See the story of how this ancient and nutritious food was used http://anthropologyfromtheshed.com/project/edible-roots-typha-bulrush/