Anaty (Desert Yam or Potato) Story
Anaty are tubers or swollen roots, tasting much like the common sweet potato, which can be found to grow as big as a person’s head. It is a staple food for the aboriginal people as it can be harvested at any time of year. Its big beautiful pink flowers bloom after summer rain.
Pictured below right: sisters Judy, Maureen and Jedda Purvis Kngwarreye called us over when we drove past them collecting anaty on the side of the road on a trip out to Utopia. Back at their camp, others had some cooking in the coals for us to sample. It was a good season for anaty and they were plentiful.