On a windless, sunny, Cape winters day last Saturday, we held our first Fynbos Foraging course of the season – Forage Harvest Feast.
We looked at some very important foraging rules, sustainability of foraging, different ways of using Fynbos for flavour, indigenous edibles for culinary use and we touched on some of the medicinal properties of these amazingly useful plants.
We foraged and harvested wild and cultivated ingredients, tasting and smelling our way through the gardens and meandering wild paths in and around the Good Hope Gardens Nursery and then together we prepped and prepared a lunch feast with a few wild botanical cocktails made with The Botanist Gin to get things going.
A huge thank you to everyone who attended – what an awesome group! Every single person was so interested and involved, what a pleasure to share plant knowledge, the whole foraging experience and enjoy such a delicious meal with you all. A special mention of thanks goes out to the very talented Sitaara Stodel who was there to capture our day on camera and to Janet Lightbody for our beautiful Janet Ceramic heart dishes and ramekins.
Take a look at what we got up to:
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On a blustery, grey skied morning, our final group gathered at the beach for the last coastal forage of the season.
All our forages are run according to the season, and this one has sadly come to a close for now, but don’t worry – we will be resuming the coastal forages in November!
Reasoning for our seasonal coastal foraging includes: the bitter cold winds and weather at the beach in the colder months,big swells making for dangerous foraging close to the tide line and bigger wave action leading to less seaweed in the rock pools through bashing of the algae and sweeping organisms out of the pools.
If the hold-fast or roots of these washed-away seaweeds remain on the rocks, they will regrow in Spring,Like plants, there are also annual and perennial seaweeds, so in winter some will die off and only grow again in Spring.We give them this break to regenerate and from late spring to early summer is the time when all seaweeds are highest in nutrients with their succulent new growth, bursting with vital vitamins and minerals, highly beneficial for your health.
Here are some beautiful photos taken at our last coastal forage by the very talented Sitaara Stodel.
Up next – news of Fynbos Feast events, Veld and Sea inspired pop-up dinners and the upcoming Fynbos Foraging courses dates. Watch this space!