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- From indigenous mountain pepper to the introduced dandelion, Australia has a vast selection of edible plants.
From indigenous mountain pepper to the introduced dandelion, Australia has a vast selection of edible plants.
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- Ranging from rare native plants to common garden weeds, find out what plants you can safely consume.
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- Mentha australis is a small herb with white and lilac flowers. It is aromatic, like its introduced counterparts.
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- It is found in shaded areas near rivers and creeks and has been used to treat coughs, colds and stomach ailments.
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- Tasmannia lanceolata originated from Tasmania and the rainforests of south-eastern Australia.
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- Both leaves and pepper berries can be consumed. The leaves and berries can be dried and ground up, and added to food.
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- Acacia victoriae is one of the acacia family that produces edible seeds, however, must be processed before consumption.
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- It brings a nutty flavour to breads and cakes after being roasted, ground and added to flour.
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- Atriplex nummularia Is used to add a salty flavour to dishes like roast lamb, seafood, vegetable dishes, casseroles and stews.
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- The bush has silvery-grey leaves and is a perfect hardy, low-maintenance garden addition.
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- Taraxacum officinale is a common garden weed and most recognisable edible plant.
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- The flower petals can be sprinkled over salad, while the leaves can be cooked like spinach and eaten.
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- Stellaria media is a herbaceous winter green rich in vitamins A, B and C. It is also a good source of Omega 6 fatty acid.
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- The leaves can be added to a fresh salad or cooked. In the past it was also used to treat itchy skin conditions.
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- Of the Brassica species, this weed is similar to its relatives - broccoli, cauliflower and kale.
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- A good source of vitamins C and A, this plant can be found year round but tastes best in the colder months.
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- Foeniculum vulgare is similar to your garden variety fennel, however it flowers and grows to almost 2m tall. Anise-like flavours come from its dried seeds and pollen, and great for spicing meat up.
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- Although there is no bulbous base, the fronds and stalks of wild fennel can be cooked and eaten in the same way as garden fennel and has a similar taste.
Although there is no bulbous base, the fronds and stalks of wild fennel can be cooked and eaten in the same way as garden fennel and has a similar taste.
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- Oxalis is a small, herbaceous ground cover, very similar to clovers. The difference being wood sorrel leaves are shaped like hearts, whereas clover leaves are shaped like teardrops.
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- Perfect for a garnish, this plant has a zesty flavour. It should not be eaten in large quantities as it contains oxalic acid which has been linked to kidney stones.
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- Rumex acetosella, like oxalis, has a citrus-like tang. But also should not be eaten in large amounts.
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- It can be used in salads, cooked and even added to soups.
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- Rubus fruticosus is a weed and a pest, but it produces a delicious fruit during summer and autumn.
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- They're considered a super fruit because they are high in vitamin C, with a lot of folates or folic acid.
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- Urtica urens are well known for their stinging leaves that leave you itching for hours. But they are also edible.
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- After disarming the nettles in hot water for 30 seconds, nettles can be handled like any other green.
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- Portulaca oleracea is a native Australian succulent that is high in Omega 3.
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- Although like wood and sheep sorrel, it contains oxalic acid, and it is recommended in small quantities.
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- A part of the Malva species, all mallow, big and small, short and tall, is edible.
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- It can be cooked and eaten much like spinach or added fresh to a salad.
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20/09/18 | StarsInsider
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