Pas­ture weed watch

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The most de­li­cious weed of all

There aren’t many weeds that have such great ben­e­fits. One of my favourite things to do as a child was fill­ing an ice cream con­tainer with berries, which my Nana then turned into a de­li­cious pie for six peo­ple.

There are a num­ber of medic­i­nal uses for black­berry due mostly to its high lev­els of vi­ta­min C and its dark colour, syn­ony­mous with high lev­els of an­tiox­i­dants.

Some cul­tures be­lieve that berries have the abil­ity to lower in­testi­nal in­flam­ma­tion due to their high tan­nin con­tent.

Black­ber­ries can be used to make wines, liqueurs, jams, syrups and pre­serves.

STEPHANIE SLOAN grew up on a sheep and beef farm in the Wairarapa. She is now part of PGG Wright­son’s agron­omy team, iden­ti­fy­ing weeds on a daily ba­sis.

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