The Bush Plum is ready to be picked and eaten when it is a beautiful deep purple and is at its maximum size, otherwise it is inedible. Spinifex Grass is used by the women of Tjanpi weavers to make their baskets and sculptures. The spinifex has a natural sticky resin which is used as a glue. The Limestone Fuchsia Plant is used within traditional Indigenous medicines. The leaves of the are broken down into a liquid, which is drunk to aid in curing a cold or chest infection. The Bush Coconut is found on the native Desert Bloodwood tree, the Bush Coconut is home to a small grub ('Angure') which is a much loved food found across the Central desert region. The coconut is knocked out of the tree and cracked open, there is a small nut inside where the grub lives.
There are many edible bush foods located in the arid deserts of Australia. Here are a few common bush foods that are typically depicted in paintings.