“We take off the head, then we squeeze the juice and seeds onto the ice cream - it’s got to be Peter’s ice cream though, otherwise it doesn't follow true family tradition”, smiles Troy Bennell (Ngalang Wongi Aboriginal Cultural Tours).
‘Pigface’, what an ugly name for such a beautiful flower.
The Aboriginal (Noongar) people call it ‘Bain’ – it is one of the many native plants and flowers that were foraged, long before European settlement.
Much more than just for food or medicine, wildflowers were also used to make hunting, gathering and other tools. The ancient knowledge, handed down through many generations, as to how and when the flowers can be used is critically important, “you can’t just harvest pigface any time, you need to recognise when it’s right” says Troy, “the signs are in the colour and maturity of the flower”.
For the Noongar people in Australia’s South West region, August and September mark the Djilba season. Characterised by the blooming of wildflowers, this is the time when, traditionally, the Noongar people would journey to the coast.