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Frenzy of fruitfulness

Bush plums for lunch

Bush plums for lunch

Foragers have good reason to take a walk  on these unusually cool mornings Alice is getting at the moment — and walkers have good reason to slow down and forage.

Central Australian plants have taken on the rain’s imperative to be fruitful and multiply, and there are some great opportunities for wild harvesting around the town.

Purslane is particularly rampant. This world-wide “weed” – served up in fashionable restuarants all around the globe – is loaded with vitamin C and A, and its seeds, used to make damper by indigenous Australians are an excellent source of Vitamin C. It also contains more of the beneficial omega 3 fatty acids than any other plant. Purslane has a fresh, slightly sour taste with a delightful texture and can be stir-fried or used in salads.  Check out Alice Springs forager Anne Vincent’s great Youtube recipe  in our archives, and Wikipedia for more details on purslane’s history and uses. And if you have a “purslain problem” taking over your garden, share it with your chooks. They love the stuff, and you’ll be able to boast that your eggs are not only certifiably free-range but rich in Omega 3. (more…)

Jan 29, 2015 | Categories: At the Centre, Features | Leave A Comment »

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Foragers have good reason to take a walk  on these unusually cool mornings Alice is getting at the moment — and walkers have good reason to slow down and forage. Central Australian plants have taken on the rain’s imperative to be fruitful and multiply, and there are some great opportunities...

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