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Minyma tjuta ankupai putikutu piti wanatjara. Paluru tjana mai kutjupa kutjupa tjuta mantjilpai tjitji tjutaku. Waltjangku wirura palyara nyinantjaku.'

The women go out into the bush with their bowls and digging sticks. They collect all sorts of bush foods for the children.

Some of the delicious fruits found out in the bush include:

Kampurarpa- the bush tomato plant, fruits after good rains and have a piquant spicy taste. They and can be eaten fresh from the bush or after they have dried and dropped to the ground. The dried fruits can also be ground and mixed with a little water to form a 'fruit patty'.

Unturngu- the bush banana. It is a slender creeper whose fruits are eaten raw when young, or baken when older.

Mangata - the fruit of the Quandong tree (Santalum acuminatum). It is sometimes called bush peaches are sweet and deep red in colour when they are ready for picking in spring. The fruits have a hard seed inside which Anangu women paint beautiful designs on. These are then used to make bracelet and necklaces. Traditionally the kernel inside this seed could be used both medicinally and as a hair conditioner.

Tjanmata - Bush Onions-The small bulbs of the bush onion are baked in hot sand and ashes then eaten, once the papery covering (nyiri) is removed.

Anangu say that by painting and talking about bush foods it guarantees that supplies will be plentiful all year round!

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