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Kara is an edible bush tucker. It is found in the southwest of Western Australia. The edible parts are the roots or the tubers. These tubers are eaten raw or roasted on hot coals. When eaten raw they taste a bit like a juicy potato. Aborigines used to eat these plants. Scientists have measured the protein in this plant and it contains more than 10%. The plant has a large amount of starch as well. Kara is a slender plant growing only about 60 centimetres tall, usually with only one stem. The long stem produces 4 to 5 buds which are a deep pink colour. The pale pink and white flowers come out in August and flower until September to October. Another name for this plant is milkmaid. Kara grows in the Darling Scarp and forests around Western Australia. It is also found in some other states of Australia. 

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Scientific name for Kara:

Burchardia umbellata

The flowers are described as six yellowish-white flower petals with about six or more stamens with yellow pollen on the tips. After the flower has flowered the plant produces wing shaped seed pods. If you dig down 10cm - 20cm you will find thin roots which are edible and shaped like a star. These thin tubers are up to 10cm long, the tubers that are about five mm thick are good to eat.

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