Water Chestnuts, Panja /Eleocharis Dulcis/

Water chestnuts are a rush-like perennial plant that grows in boggy shallow water on the edges of seasonal swamps.
It has long hollow stems up to 1m tall.
Panja is a native variety that grows in Cape York and is an important food of the Yupangathi people.
Corms are about 4cm in diameter.

Uses

Usage

A delicious taste, it is sweet and crisp when fully ripe and is starchy when harvested early.

Production Requirements

Climate

Subtropical to tropical.

Cultivation

Water chestnut prefers fertile, slightly acid soil conditions and a sunny position.

Edible parts

Corms are eaten raw or cooked.

Harvesting & Processing

Harvest

The tubers should be harvested at the end of the growing season when the leaves have turned yellow and fallen over. Store in a bucket of cool damp sand until replanting in Spring.

Guardians

No members are guardian of this plant.

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