Waraburra Nura

Banksia Oblongifolia

 

Banksia Asplenifolia was unfortunately unavailable and has been replaced by Banksia Oblongifolia and Banksia Spinulosa, also native to the Sydney basin.

Banksia Asplenifolia, the nectar from the hot flowers was mixed with hot water and taken to treat sore throats. When the nectar was running, children were encouraged to eat the flowers - you didn't have to encourage them, as soon as they saw the nectar running they were there anyway.

The grub inhabiting the trunk and branches of the tree was eaten raw or cooked; this is the famous witchetty grub - the recommendation is to eat it cooked.