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“There’s food in them there hills.” Indeed there is!
The best bit is lots of it’s tasty, nutritious, free and fun to forage for, so in this series friendly forager Johanna Knox takes us into the wild spaces of urban New Zealand on the hunt for fresh food.
Go to Johanna’s foraging blog for clear guidelines on what to look for, pictures of the plants, berries and bulbs, as well as suggestions on the way to cook these wild treats, as well as details of their traditional uses.
Hey and take care out there because we don’t want anyone poisoning themselves or eating anything nasty. If you are in any doubt of a plant's identity, don't eat it. It's best to use multiple resources to identify a plant. Avoid foraging from polluted places or those that could have been sprayed with herbicide. Get permission before foraging on someone else's property.
We go foraging for free food. Onion weed fritter with fennel and puha anyone? (19′12″)
Johanna Knox takes us out searching for brassicaceae, a relative of the radish and mustard plant. (13′07″)
We're foraging for free food with Johanna Knox. This week, cordyline australis aka the cabbage tree or Ti Kouka. (13′35″)
Foraging queen Johanna Knox hunts for chickweed. You can make a pretty mean pesto out of it! (17′00″)
Foraging for free sweet treats with Johanna Knox. Coprosma has a tasty yellowy orange berry, but watch out for seeds! (11′13″)
We're foraging for free food with Johanna Knox. This week, we get cordial on the hunt for elderflower. (12′15″)
We're foraging for a free feed of fennel with Johanna Knox. To be fair it's not something you have to hunt around too hard for! (10′51″)
We're foraging for fuchsias with Johanna Knox. The flowers are OK but the berries are really tasty! (12′20″)
We're foraging for geraniums (aka pelargoniums) with Johanna Knox. (12′40″)
Foraging for harakeke or New Zealand flax with Johanna Knox. (13′27″)
We're foraging for jasmine with Johanna Knox. (11′48″)
Foraging for more free food with Johanna Knox. This week, kawakawa. It comes from the pepper family, you can brush your teeth with it...it even stops smelly feet! (12′13″)
We meet Maryanne Vella, a nettle fan who grows nettles and uses them in everything from tea to fudge. (21′52″)
We're foraging for more free food with Johanna Knox. This week, onion weed's a bit like a wild spring onion and good in dips, breads, marinades and Asian cooking. (12′34″)
Foraging for free food with Johanna Knox. This week, pine, the edible tree that produces nuts and even makes a lovely cup of tea. (8′23″)
We're on the hunt for free food. This week puha and its close relative the dandelion with foraging queen Johanna Knox. (20′34″)
More free food with our friendly forager Johanna Knox. Purslane's a succulent that's one of the richest plant sources of omega-3. (11′41″)
We're on the hunt for free food - this time wood sorrel - with our friendly forager Johanna Knox. You'll have walked past it hundreds of times, but this leaf is seriously delicious! (13′27″)
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