Foragers and Gatherers

I love foraging and gathering, whether it be mushrooms plums apples rosehips blackberries wild figs, Even sneakily shaking a forgotten Olive. Anyone want to share info!

Location: wanganui
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Making Roadside apple pie for tea tonight. Huge big red ones not the type that you eat but great for cooking, have noticed an abundance of pears and peaches this Year.

I always wonder why people just don't grab them all up. They are totally delicious, amazing in Pies Jams, Cakes Chutneys and Jellies. plus a whole lot more.  Yet every Year there are heaps left all over his Country.

Would love a few favorite Blackberry Recipes Guys if you have any, as every Year I freeze them and hoard for Winter.

Great Site even has a recipe for Blackberry Chicken 


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Comment by Ricardo Oscar Marques on September 14, 2012 at 9:29pm

I am running short in patience to read the whole thing:

I am just looking for a forager in Auckland who wants to teach me on site what to eat.

And, about wild onion that I am scared to try.


Comment by Julia Sich on August 8, 2012 at 9:27pm

I am the same I strip leaves off the stalks. Well done getting a quality blender second hand for such a good price!

Comment by Kali on August 8, 2012 at 9:23pm

lol I am happy with my $8 second hand blender, it was from a commercial kitchen and superior to every other one I have ever had,  It is usually smooth enough with my usual ingredients,when left to do its thing for a while, I will just be more careful abut putting stalks in.

Comment by Julia Sich on August 8, 2012 at 9:10pm

You probably need a stronger blender to get it smoother. Do you know about the Omniblender here's the website for it  It cost half the price of my Lexsun which was $980. But it is powerful 3 horsepower and gets up to 42,000rpm needed to break open the cell walls of plants to get at the nutrients.  The Omniblender and the Lexsun are the same machine, just labelled differently, but big price difference.

Comment by Kali on August 8, 2012 at 7:48pm

added cleavers and dead nettle to a smoothie, man it was fibrous, will remove the leaves from the stalks next time lol.

Comment by Julia Sich on August 6, 2012 at 8:50pm

I'd love others to comment on this too, but it makes sense that if the soil is deficient then the plants will be too. But we can increase the mineral content by adding mineral rich products like Rok Solid which has over 60 minerals and high silica and ocean solids which is solar dried sea water full of minerals. The other product I use is Magic Botanic Liquid (MBL) which is Humate and Fulvic Acid from NZ fossilized coal. This liquid really is magic it unlocks fertilizer locked up in the soil, it is a growth booster for plants making bigger root systems, it speeds up the germination of seeds and has so many other benefits including cleaning up undesirable chemicals in the soil.  These products are available from Garden Enterprises  There is a 20% discount on products until the end of September and postage is free if the order is over $80.  I love to share knowledge of these products which I use in my garden to make sure we're getting all the minerals we can in weeds and vegetables.  

Comment by Angela Wayenburg on August 6, 2012 at 9:25am

I have also been to your website Julia!

Very inspirational!!!

I am now going to look more closely at my own weeds again.

Have used cleavers in juice and love it!



Comment by Emma Furness on August 5, 2012 at 10:03am

Just checked out your website Julia - awesome!  Love 'meeting' more weed lovers :D Cleavers are totally popping up everywhere and I haven't yet had a conversation with them, but will invite some to lunch today... I'm eating all my veges are raw at the moment so pleased I don't have to wait to eat the violet leaves.

I'm curious about mineral richness - how does our soil, so often lamented to be mineral depleted, affect the mineral content of wild plants in NZ?  Would love to hear more about that if anyone knows?

Comment by Julia Sich on August 4, 2012 at 7:35pm

Violet leaves are full of Vitamin C - 2 leaves have as much as an orange - so they're great to have during winter in smoothies or salads. Cleavers is another mineral rich weed growing well now, that also has Vitamin C and silica, plus it is a great lymphatic, blood and kidney cleanser. My website focuses on the value of weeds and their identification

Comment by Kali on August 4, 2012 at 5:38pm

good to know emma, i get hayfever myself once the long grass flowers


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