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.
A delicious taste, it is sweet and crisp when fully ripe and is starchy when harvested early.
Subtropical to tropical.
Water chestnut prefers fertile, slightly acid soil conditions and a sunny position.
Corms are eaten raw or cooked.
Harvesting & Processing
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.