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Yuendumu Bush Tomato
By Audrey Napanangka
Bush tomato or wild tomato plant usually has waxy looking small fruit and grows on a small silvery looking shrub covered in tiny hairs. It grows in the very arid desert regions of Australia on the red sand hills where the berries mature to the same color as the sand.
The ripe fruits have a strong fragrance which may be smelled from long distances. A single plant produces many fruits. These fruits are tasty. Bush tomato is rich in sources of potassium and vitamin C. It was often ground into a paste and rolled into large balls which were then stored for use in times when food was scarce.
There are more than 100 varieties of Bush tomatoes, but only a handful of them are edible. Some may be poisonous or may cause sickness. Harvesters normally collect sun-dried fruits of the small bushes in the late summer and early winter.
Audrey Napanangka’s artwork is vivid and strong. This design shows women sitting around a waterhole with already picked fruits on the coolaman (special wooden platter) with digging sticks.
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