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A gallery of edible and useful wild plants, in Wellington and the Wairarapa (NZ)
Friday, October 17, 2008
Red dead-nettle (Lamium purpureum)
A member of the mint family with small, very mild-tasting edible leaves.
Red dead-nettle links:
More blogging about eating this plant and its relatives
Plants for a Future database
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Wild edibles in the Gallery so far
Puwha / puha
Ti kouka and relatives /cabbage trees
Good blogs for NZ foragers
Forest & Bird
The Waitakere Ranges Track Plan
Auckland Council is currently consulting on the future reopening of tracks in the Waitākere Ranges, which were closed to stop the spread of kauri dieback d...
1 week ago
New Zealand Veronica: how high do they grow?
At the moment, New Zealand’s largest flowering plant genus is *Veronica* (the speedwells and hebes), with 122 native and 19 introduced species (maybe 124...
3 weeks ago
The joy of foraging and eating seaweed
We are lucky in New Zealand to have one of the richest species diversities of seaweeds in the world. With at least over 900 species of which 50 can be read...
8 months ago
A bouquet from Mendel
Best-kept secrets of your neighbor’s backyard part 3: Dogwood berries
Titles I abandoned: -Dogwood Berries (surprisingly evocative of “dingleberries” as a standalone title, no? Maybe it still is as part of a longer title. Ah ...
2 years ago
Kiva Rose’s plant profile on using poplar as medicine. But really I just wanted an excuse to post this photo from July…
6 years ago
Food Forests and gardens
landscaping job, Island Bay march-may 2011
7 years ago
Foraging on Facebook
Community fruit harvesting (an inspiring Auckland-based initiative)
Manawatu Urban Foraging
Otautahi Urban Foraging (Canterbury)
Wild foods and foraging - NZ
Favourite sites and pages
Maori uses of plants (click on sidebar links)
Charles Royal's website
Alessandra Zecchini's wild food recipes
Plants for a future (7000 plant database)
Edible Wellington (a 42 collective initiative)
Wild Foragers Aotearoa NZ Google Group
recent site updates
10 May 11
Not a site update, but just to let you know that this month's issue of the marvellous and delicious Taste magazine contains a new article I've written about foraging (page 104).
24 October 10
New super-informative link added to
Also - Radio New Zealand has collected most of the foraging shows and archived them
all on one page here
19 July 10
Brassicaceae X -
the mystery solved
- thanks Phil and Mike!
15 April 10
New info added to
The Wild Picnic Library
- for reviews of foraging books relevant to New Zealanders
31 January 09
Info about berries added to
25 November 08
More recipe ideas added to
5 November 08
Tea recommendation added to
1 November 08
New recipe added to
Wild Health Food
Using this gallery
Most of the pictures here can be enlarged. I've also added Google Images links - often a help with identifying plants.
The links to
Plants for a Future
give a good overview of each plant's different uses.
I'd love to hear about ways you've used these plants, so please feel free to add comments.
I welcome questions too. I haven't had room to write everything I'd like to. And if you spot anything that's incorrect, please let me know.
I'll try and update regularly with new plants - as well as extra info on plants that are already here.
foraging safely (mostly just common sense)
* If in doubt, don't eat it.
* Avoid foraging from roadsides and polluted places. (My rule of thumb is - would I plant a vegetable garden here?)
* Avoid areas that may have been recently sprayed with herbicide. (Although harvesting new growth from areas that have been sprayed in the past may be okay - this is one of those debated things.)
* Get permission before foraging on someone else's property, including farmland.
* Get to know as many of our poisonous plants as you can, so you know what to avoid. Here's a
great online resource from Landcare Research.
* Harvest sustainably.
New children's book (8-12 year olds)
Okay, it's not about foraging, but it IS about plants - carnivorous ones! This is why my Wild Picnic updates have been a bit less frequent lately. Click on the cover image above to find out more.
View my complete profile
* I have had a regular spot chatting about foraging on National Radio's
This Way Up
. You can hear
many of the shows here
* My foraging article for
magazine is online - '
World Sweet World
has run an occasional series of my articles about foraging. My article about chickweed and puha
* I was interviewed in an article on wild foods in
I'm open to offers of all kinds! (Well, most.) You can contact me on johanna dot knox at gmail.com
My other blogs
solar cooking, foraging, fermentation, and general rants)
(a very slowly growing recipe journal)