Edible New Zealand Natives


Edible New Zealand Natives

To share knowledge of which New Zealand native plants are edible or medicinal, how to use them and how to cultivate them.

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Herbs and Wonders - Naturopathy consultations 2 Replies

Would like to let you know about: Low cost holistic health consultations with a final year Naturopathy studentThat would be me (or one of my classmates) :-)In our final months of 3 year degree run by…Continue

Started by Maria. Last reply by Maria Oct 10, 2013.

Preparing Karaka berries 9 Replies

I have been gathering together a variety of recipes on how to prepare Karaka recipes, to ensure the poison is out. Wondering if anyone would like to share a successful recipe???

Started by Louise Darragh-Law. Last reply by Roxy Hart Feb 9, 2013.

Recipies with Natives? 7 Replies

Has anyone got any good simple recipies using native edibles? I know that NZ Spinach can be substituted for regular spinach on pizza's or pasta's... I often crush a few horopito leaves and chuck them…Continue

Started by Jessi Nichols. Last reply by joni b Jun 25, 2012.

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Comment by Ruth OSullivan on July 21, 2010 at 11:07am
When my daughter was little we took an oldish kumara, put toothpicks in the sides to hold it up in a jar with water. It sprouted a beautiful vine to grow along our windowsill. Not sure if this method can be used to grow sprouts for growing in the garden or not.
Comment by Jenny Freewalker on July 21, 2010 at 10:40am
Hi Florence, l have grown kumara successfully for the last 3 years in Auckland. 2 of those years l bought plants and one year l created my own from a kumera. You need to get the sprouts to develop roots and then plant them. This winter l have cut the tops off a couple of kumera that have started to sprout and am hoping that l will get a vine growing inside and then l am going to see if l can get the vine to root in different places and then plant out each root.
Comment by Flo on July 21, 2010 at 10:35am
Does anyone know about how to grow kumara? A few people I've talked to have told me their tricks but none have reported success..
Someone said you cut the kumara in half diagonally and turn them, place them in the ground butt to butt and plant. (V shaped)
You need to get them to sprout first...
The problem seems to be getting the sprouts to grow new kumara.
I'd love to hear of any success stories and "tricks"
Comment by Kali on February 27, 2010 at 11:02pm
HI Christy , if that is the andrew crowe book then yes it is very comprehensive, i have borrowed it from the library so if you want to know what it has in it ask away
Comment by Christy Martin on February 23, 2010 at 11:17pm
HI. I would love to know more about edible natives, and I am looking for a book to guide me, I guess someone read this one: A Field Guide to the Native Edible Plants of New Zealand. Is it a must have?
Comment by Christy Ralphs on February 8, 2010 at 8:20pm
thanks kama and david, i will investigate!
Comment by David Bell on February 8, 2010 at 2:54pm
Please be careful. There are two versions of "deadly" nightshade. The one with white flowers is OK, but if the flowers have a purplish tinge, it is the deadly variety. The green berries are rather poisonous. In Waihi, I have not seen the deadly variety for a couple of years, but it still grows here.
Comment by Kama Burwell on February 8, 2010 at 2:47pm
Hey Christy, a good addition to your food forest would be nightshade, also known as poroporo (the small annual "weed"), deadly nightshade, etc. The leaves of young green plants before flowering are a common green around the world. I've eaten it a couple of times. Of course, you probably already have it growing there !
Comment by Paul & Melissa T on January 12, 2010 at 8:09pm
Nice group, just hope you mean native plants ;-)
Comment by Angie Gibbons on December 19, 2009 at 8:09pm
You can all vote for your fav native, mine in our nettles because of the butterflies but you choose what native you like best and you get 5 votes!

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