Free State Forage

Social media connections set me on the road North to forage in the Free State this month. Along the unkempt road verges beside chemical drenched, ploughed up, bare fields (used for growing sunflowers, maize, sorghum, and soya), our indigenous poppy Papaver aculeatum was blooming. I adore this little flower and for all its delicacy, admire…

Grazing

Recently, I was asked to write a book review for the African Journal of Range & Forage Science. I know, it is a bit odd. I am not a sciencey person and although I am a writey person, I have never actually written a book review. I had also never read an entire book as…

Lockdown Leaves

During the Covid-19 Lockdown season we all focussed our attention on our immediate environment, so came to appreciate the undervalued beauty of blackjacks, for example.  We also tried out new foods as access to our usual favourites was restricted. This post features easily accessible wild and weedy edibles, with some nutritional information and preparation tips….

Eating Weeds

I am very enthusiastic about eating weeds. I have recently been sharing this (and other wild ideas) with a variety of audiences.  More talks and walks to come, but I have compiled some notes for new foragers to refer to. Free food is everywhere – right under your feet. Along the path, in the supermarket…

One Woman’s Weeds…

I have been doing a little weeding around my cos lettuce, cavalo nero and mizuna. Lots of what I take out will go into supper and the rest to make weed tea.  As you will know from previous posts, I am a fan of weeds.  Have you read Weeds, Glorious Weeds?  or Wild Greens?  Tried…

Wild Greens

Wild Greens are wonderful things. Jam packed with nutrients, often far surpassing that of more commonly eaten leafy greens like Swiss Chard and cabbage. Around here we call them imifino. In other places around South Africa, marog is the common word to describe all manner of leafy greens. Across the globe, many communities seek out the new growth…

Free State Food?

It is not often that I head for the highway, but early on Monday morning I did just that.  Past the contented cows to the surprisingly calm traffic on the motorway.  Everyone appeared to be travelling at 100kmph and I wondered if all had suddenly realised that Peak Oil was upon us?  Unfortunately, the further…