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 Kali on December 14, 2009 at 1:34am
my kids like eating supplejack tips while we walk in the bush,
Comment by Christy Ralphs on December 13, 2009 at 3:36pm
Thanks for the reminder Murray - have some seed, have put in the 'to plant asap' pile.
Comment by Murray Neverman on December 13, 2009 at 8:29am
One I always have in the garden is NZ Spinach. Makes a great ground cover and love to eat
Comment by Christy Ralphs on December 13, 2009 at 8:00am
I'm putting in a 'food forest' style garden, and want to include as many NZ edibles as possible, especially on the ground layer. So far I've planted NZ watercress, Cook's scurvy plant, and NZ celery. They all seem to be doing well, and ducks haven't eaten them, so will plant more. Any other suggestions welcome!
Comment by Isabell Strange on December 9, 2009 at 11:03pm
Hi Murray, have always chewed on horopito when taking bush walks since a child, but have only discovered recently that it has medicinal antifungal properties.
Manuka gum is a sweet treat found on young branches (looks like a lump of damp icing sugar) and is good for coughs.
Comment by Murray Neverman on December 9, 2009 at 7:54pm
I would love to learn more on what's edible in the bush. Have regularly chewed on Horopito, Hebe shoots and eaten snow berries while tramping. What have others tried?

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