Bul-rush/Typha domingensis

Bul-rush/Typha domingensis


G’day, you’re back again! Goodness
me… anyway, this plant he goes by a lot of names cumbungi, cattail, bulrush, and
this occurs everywhere in Australia all the way down Tasmania, all the way over
the West Australia, all out in the Northern Territory. And this even occurs
over in other countries too like Canada as well. So this is a water
reed that grows mostly along ponds, the side of ponds where it’s still
water. This is a food and it’s a medicine too, but it’s also good for
weaving as you might have guessed; with these long strappy bits here (got to
remember to breathe) Now at the top of this ‘fella’ here, you see that
little yellow? A bit at the top there that there is actually a whole lot of
pollen; and the lower bit the lower brown bit you see on this further one here,
it’s already lost (actually it hasn’t lost) I’ve harvested all of the furry bit
that was on there and the lower bit is actually I think the female part and the
male bit is obviously the pollen. The very top of this little thing in
New Zealand the mauri (people) will actually gather up the pollen from this and make
pollen cakes, but I tend to just eat the whole head of it just as is. I’ve
gathered one of these earlier so I can show you a bit of the medicine of it and
also the extra food. We’ve got this big stalk here. You can
peel this down where is our outter piece? You peel that
like this, and you start to get this sort of
stuff here. You can actually use that as dental floss as well.
Then you get even further into it and you start to get this real
sort of like sticky stuff. It’s coming up a little bit
there right and you can use that like aloe vera on sunburns. I’ll just
get right in there should be able to get some really sticky stuff down
here… Nice sound! So all this stuff inside you can actually pound
this material here, and you get a substance like aloe vera
it’s very like a gel. If you have any skin burns, sunburns or anything you
apply this stuff onto it it’s really good and it makes good bandages too!
This entire internal core you can actually eat that as well and you can
eat the roots of this plant – it’s actually really quite nice I do like
this little plant now of course this started to go… so where it
snaps there was where it’s gonna be the sweetest MMM (insert enthusiastic profanity here!) Nice! Now you can roast that and
it has a very pleasant sweet taste actually, very nice… (repeat) you can you can roast it or you can keep peeling and getting more of
that goodness. You can eat the roots of this but you’ve got to
dig down a bit and that’s usually in the flood season when it’s a bit easier to
harvest. See how it just breaks off effortlessly? That whole ‘chunk’ there
is all edible goodness. Delicious really delicious! (sounds of enjoyment)
Oh yeah this is cool. Check out the fluffes (referring to the head of the bul-rush) So here’s an old head of it and I use
this a few years back to make bedding for a dog but check this out… You can
make tea from this too… See that just fluffs up like crazy. This is an old
stalk from last year Look at it just blowing in the wind!
That’s cool too! And also the young stalks were used as practice spears for
the young Aboriginal children. So weaving, medicine for sunburns, young spears for
young children, the pollen you can eat that as a bread as well. it’s absolutely great for purifying rivers and streams. it’s a frog habitat too, so it’s where a lot of
little froggies live, edible roots edible, flower heads make tea from
the brown parts like these brown stalks there. The female flower is
this brown part underneath the male flower is the little chunk that is now
all just spikes here. Female flower underneath and the male flower on
top.

2 Replies to “Bul-rush/Typha domingensis”

  1. If I am not mistaken, the fluffy stuff was also used for starting fires, being used in flintlock maintenance kits as well. The Townsends channel discussed it on a video on flintlock maintenance a year or so ago.

  2. Nice video, have you ever tried to make the bread from the tops? I've heard about it a few times, but never seen it actually done.

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