1795C.R. Hopsontr. ofC.P. Thunberg’s Trav.I. 156The aponogeton distachyon (waater uynties, or water lilies) grew in many places, in shallow puddles of water, very plentifully, and from its white flowers that floated on the water, exhaled a most fragrant odour.
1809J. Mackrill Diary. 62Aponogeton distachyon Heptandria Tetragynia, (Waater uynties or water Lilies).
1822W.J. BurchellTrav.I. 51There grows a plant called Water-uyentjies, the root of which, when roasted, is much eaten by the slaves and Hottentots. The heads of the flowers, boiled, make a dish which may, in taste and appearance, be compared to spinach.
1856L. Pappe inCape of G.H. Almanac & Annual Register 341The root of this waterplant (Wateruintjies, water onions) when roasted is very palatable, and somewhat resembles the chestnut in taste. Its flowers which are highly scented, are eaten as spinage and used as pickles.
1910R. JutaCape Peninsula 115The Malays gather the flower, ‘water-eintje’, and curry it or stew it into a thick soup.
1947L.G. GreenTavern of Seas 197Princess vlei is an oval basin..famous for the water-uintjies its banks produce when submerged in the winter...These wild vegetables of the veld, braised with fat and with wine and spices added, make one of the finest bredies.
1962Bokmakierie June 2The nests were floating nests more or less anchored between the floating wateruintjie leaves. The nest material consisted of the stems of wateruintjies.
1971Post 6 June (Home Post) 2She made her own..cake wateruintjie.
1981S. Afr. Panorama Dec. 21He..refers to it as a wateruintjie (water onion), and gives a few recipes varying from bredie (stew) to soufflés.