Foraging for Edible Weeds

20 August 2014

Of the myriad of things nature grows, we only cultivate a relative handful in our farming systems.

But there is a world full of edible plants out there.

Making the most of nature

Our backyards, fields, forests and seashores are just waiting for us to munch on them.

Green (and colourful) little fellows are growing as we speak, full of nutrients and taste that we can enjoy if we know where to look.  The issue is: we generally don't.

Luckily for us there are some people out there who keep the knowledge of foraging alive, and we want to help you connect with it. 

111pesto

Pesto made from foraged greens

Foraging resources

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Blackberries foraged in February

 

So what weeds and wild plants can I eat?

If you know what you're looking for you can find free ingredients for salads, sandwiches, teas, pestos, sauces, stir fries and more!  Edible plants that grow freely as weeds include:

  • Dandelions 
  • Chickweed 
  • Fennel
  • Onion weed 
  • Geraniums 
  • Red dead nettle 
  • Dill
  • Seaweeds
  • Berries
  • Kawakawa
  • NZ spinach

Foraging safety

  • Only pick and eat something if you are 100% sure of what it is
  • Make sure you have land owner's permission if on private rather than public land
  • Be careful not to eat sprayed plants from council properties - look for indications of spraying (dying yellow plants), signage, or ask your local council for a spray schedule so you can safely time your foraging


Most importantly: have fun!

Foraging is a wonderful, exciting thing.  You get to spend time in nature, rediscover connections with the land, feed yourself, and enjoy an adventure by yourself or with family and friends. 

See you out and about!

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