Kai - food for new zealand


Kai - food for new zealand

A database of edible plants that grow in Aotearoa/nz. Please share thoughts and ideas.

Website: http://www.kai.org.nz
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Pandan (Pandanus amaryllifolius) 1 Reply

Am wanting Pandan (Pandanus amaryllifolius) asian herb for deserts - does anyone have any i could get a piece from???  Have been trying to find this for ages,,,Can anyone out there help…Continue

Started by Helen. Last reply by Meena Oct 28, 2014.

Bush Foraging 11 Replies

Lets hear what you guys are eating out of NZ forests?Such as kawakawa, used for a tea in the same way green tea is used. Or the lovely young pikopiko shoots, eaten like asparagus.And of course the…Continue

Started by Roxy Hart. Last reply by Johanna Knox Mar 29, 2013.

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Comment by Liz Gee on July 29, 2015 at 2:20pm

Thanks, Anna. I'm sure it would be ok in Napier and Hastings but Central Hawkes Bay has such harsh winters that I do wonder if choko would get through them as it's a sub-tropical from Mexico. But I'll certainly give it a go and let you know. What are your winters like in the Waikato?

I just googled and found this nice article about choko:

Comment by Anna Holmes on July 29, 2015 at 2:05pm

Liz, I grew Choko last year in the Waikato.. I love it.. its very versatile! I'm sure you will be fine growing it in Hawkes Bay. Maybe Kali can help you? I grew it in a shady spot and it did really well. I'm hoping the vine comes back this year even stronger. Would love to know how you get on. :-)

Comment by Liz Gee on July 29, 2015 at 9:57am

One of my staple foods is the fruit of the choko vine. I'm always amazed at the criticism this great food receives such as derisive comments about its 'blandness'. Yes, it has a delicate flavour but I find it delicious and very quick and easy to prepare and cook. I let my choko vines sprawl over various trees and shrubs and it does no harm at all as it doesn't 'strangle' its host the way some other vines do. I'm moving from Auckland to Central Hawkes Bay and wondering if the choko vine will survive in in the harsh climate there. With any luck someone on this forum may be able to advise me. 

Comment by Richard Grevers on December 16, 2014 at 6:09pm

Just as an update: Permaculture New Zealand Inc has rescued the kai.org.nz domain name and is in the process of getting a copy of the website and its database. Hopefully it will be back online some time in 2015 (restoring it will be a spare-time job for me, and there's precious little of that).

Comment by Richard Grevers on August 30, 2013 at 1:54pm

The Kai.org.nz website needs our help: The glossary section must be inadequately protected against spammers and has filled up with spam. In the apparent absence of the site's administrators, we can fix this: We can't delete entries, but we can edit articles, replacing the spam content with something useful. If each person on this group fixed one entry, the problem would be solved!

Comment by Ricardo Oscar Marques on January 23, 2013 at 10:25pm

I am a little bit dizy on how to use the website but thanks.

Comment by RaVeN on December 18, 2011 at 12:48pm

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Comment by Kali on September 27, 2011 at 10:34am
Hi  you can buy seed for little gem lettuce from Kings seeds. Another similar is the odells lettuce from koanga. very yummy,  succulent and crunchy.
Comment by Ricky P on September 27, 2011 at 9:39am
Hi Lynda, I haven't come across it but perhaps someone like Kali might be able to help?
Comment by Ricky P on September 27, 2011 at 9:36am

Cheers Rachel, while we haven't covered any animal sourced foods yet there's no reason why we shouldn't cover them.

Forest and bird have more info on Orange Roughy for any interested here and they also produce a handy best fish guide.


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