Also commonly known as silky pear, Doubah, Native pear.
The bush banana is a climbing woody vine found growing on other shrubs and
trees, and often difficult to see among the trees own leaves. The bush banana
has creamy flowers, and thick narrow leaves that grow from a short stalk. The
fruiting pod is pear-shaped, hence its other common names.
Aboriginal food, the sweet flower and young fruits are eaten raw, being the most
favoured parts of the plant. The seeds are also lightly roasted for consumption. When the seed matures, it consists mainly of bitter seeds and their plumes. The
seeds are discarded and only the thick outer rind eaten. The shoots and young leaves are
also eaten, whilst the older leaves are eaten after being steamed. Even the
roots are eaten during times of food shortage. The only parts not eaten are the
woody stems and fine roots.