Wanakiji Jukurrpa
(Bush Tomato Dreaming

by artist Liddy Walker

The Wanakiji Jukurrpa (Bush Tomato, Solanum chippendalei) travels to Yaturlu Yaturlu (near Mount Theo, north of Yuendumu). Wanakiji grows in open spinifex country and is a small, prickly plant with purple flowers that bears green fleshy fruit with many small black seeds. After collecting the fruit the seeds are removed with a small wooden spoon-like scoop called a Kajalarra. The fruit then can be eaten raw or threaded onto skewers called Turlturrpa and then cooked over a fire. Wanakiji can also be skewered and left to dry - when prepared in this way is called Turlturrpa and the fruit can be kept for a long time. The Wanakiji Jukurrpa belongs to Napanangka/Napangardi women and Japanangka/Japangardi men.