The Batjo Raddish grows among grass in sandy or seasonally waterlogged soil.
As they grow close to the surface, they would often be dug by children who’d search for their long, green, vine-like stem and sing as they dig the bulbs from the ground. They would be enjoyed as a snack on hot days, or lightly roasted on a fire in the evenings.
The refreshing tuber vegetable has a high water content, and tastes quite fresh. They are perfect in salads, or as a fragrant native addition to cooked mains.
They are harvested throughout the wet season, generally from early January until the land begins to dry out in April.
In our culture, much of our world belongs to one of two halves or moieties: Duwa and Yirridjdja. This includes all human beings, ancestral beings, flora and fauna, natural phenomenon, sites and land – it’s all connected together.
Batjo Radishes are classified under this system as Yirridjdja when small, and Duwa when large.