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Eight times as nutritious as a potato - tastes as sweet as a coconut

Native Australian superfood on the rebound

The murnong, once virtually wiped out by pasturing animals, is making a comeback that could upstage the common potato. Australia has several native varieties of the yam root vegetable: from the Djitama (bush yam), a round root that can be found in northern parts of the country and is toxic unless cooked correctly, to the Karrbarda (long yam), which grows from a long climbing vine in rainforest areas.

One member of the Australian yam family, the yam daisy (also known as murnong) was once a major food source for native Australians and is now being reintroduced into the culinary mainstream. Nutty, starchy and rather potato-like, the murnong is the edible root of a yellow dandelion-type plant, naturally occurring in southern and south-eastern (cool, dry) parts of Australia.

According to an article on sbs.com.au, the murnong was a common food source for Aboriginal people before European settlement, and the Indigenous population had sophisticated ways of farming this nutritious vegetable.

Publication date: 2/28/2018


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