Abstract

As a result of research throughout tropical Australia, much is known concerning the various techniques Australian Aboriginal peoples used to remove toxins from Cycas seeds prior to consumption. However, comparatively little is known about the methods used to process Macrozamia seeds and if they are regionally or genus specific. This paper describes the methods used to process different Macrozamia species, as recorded in Aboriginal and historical accounts throughout the eastern, central and southwestern parts of Australia. A comparative ethnobotany of the processing methods and food uses of the four genera of cycad found in Australia: Bowenia, Cycas, Lepidozamia and Macrozamia, is then presented. This review confirms that although there are many similarities in processing techniques and uses between these genera, there are also important differences, including variations in processing methods partly related to water availability, regional differences in the parts of the plants which were consumed, and contexts of use between different areas of Australia.

 
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Asmussen, 2011. Tech. Rep. Aust. Mus., Online 23(10): 147–163
Author
Brit Asmussen
Year
2011
Title
Changing Perspectives in Australian Archaeology, part X. There is likewise a nut. . . a comparative ethnobotany of Aboriginal processing methods and consumption of Australian Bowenia, Cycas, Lepidozamia and Macrozamia species
Serial Title
Technical Reports of the Australian Museum, Online
Volume
23
Issue
10
Start Page
147
End Page
163
DOI
10.3853/j.1835-4211.23.2011.1575
Language
English
Date Published
18 June 2011
Cover Date
18 June 2011
ISSN
1835-4211
Publisher
The Australian Museum
Place Published
Sydney, Australia
Subjects
ABORIGINES: AUSTRALIAN; ARCHAEOLOGY; CULTURE: INDIGENOUS
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18 June 2011
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18 June 2011
Reference Number
1575
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