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!

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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 Emma Furness on August 4, 2012 at 1:47pm

That book sounds great and will check out the violet leaves next stir-fry... The red dead nettle is apparently a great anti-inflammatory and awesome for those with hayfever - love that remedies for grass allergies are growing in the grass :D I've been chopping them up pretty small in the salads, but have made a tincture with this lovely little ally too.  Will test it this summer for sneeziness...

Comment by Kali on August 4, 2012 at 8:25am

one recipe from the book you could try with your violets emma is for violet leaves with courgettes, soy garlic and ginger, ...stir fried until wilted...

Comment by Kali on August 4, 2012 at 8:21am

found a brand new book at my local library called 'Find It Eat It - cooking foraged food gathered around new Zealand' by Michael Daly. has some intriguing, very gourmet  recipes in it, along with photos and descriptions of edibles. one to look out for. That was where I was reading about dead nettle, he says it can be eaten raw or cooked like fresh mint, or used dried as a seasoning for meat marinades or in vinaigrette. wasn't really aware of it having much flavour so will have to revisit that one.

Comment by Kali on August 4, 2012 at 8:13am

yes Emma gotta love those 'weeds' . thats the second time this week I have read about dead nettle, I have that weed in abundance but have never used it, another thing to add to the green smoothies perhaps as I don't find it all that palatable!

Comment by Emma Furness on August 4, 2012 at 7:26am

Lots of foraging in Golden Bay at the moment - don't overlook the nutritional exuberance of chickweed, miners lettuce, red dead nettle and some wild mustards. Eating lots of salad at the moment made up almost entirely of 'weeds', with a lot of flowers chucked in too - violets growing here now too and they are do delicious. Yum!

Comment by Angela on August 3, 2012 at 10:28pm

I like the idea of foraging, so pleased to tune into this group thanks.

Comment by WIC Garden Project on May 28, 2012 at 9:21pm

Fungi time at the moment - my shittake log is producing and there are puff balls popping up around the place.

On Radio NZ's This Way Up last Saturday (26 May 2012) there was a program on fungi, 'Mycophilia and fungal foraging'  - listen online or download the podcast at or on iTunes. 

There is also information about fungi in NZ at:

Comment by Denise on February 29, 2012 at 10:37pm
Check out the book discovering fruit and nuts by Susanna Lyle, if you haven't already. Its has great info on edible uses of a lot of plants, many I'd never of thought of using. It mentions the strawberry tree, I have a few in my garden but we found the fruit rather bland on their own, we will have to try making jelly or wine etc.
Comment by Marilyn beaucariche on January 13, 2012 at 10:28pm

I have been looking up the Chinese Strawberry Tree, because it grows in Raetihi and its fruit looks like Lychees, unlike Lychees the fruit is not fleshy inside. I have found it and these other unuseual fruits, and would like to know if anyone knowsmuch about the uses for these berries which are very prolific. Also both Bark and berries are used as a Dye. I am interested in the Chinese preparations that were made from the Berries. 

Comment by Marilyn beaucariche on January 13, 2012 at 10:13pm

On the eating well link take a look at the Roasted Plum recipe absolutely simple and delicious, only 3 ingreds, great with Yogurt or Icecream. 


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