A taste for weeds
Going down the garden to eat worms? Ooey. So, how about ‘going down the garden to eat weeds’?
This weekend local people have a unique opportunity to do just that while learning from Tauranga-based ‘‘weed woman’’ Julia Sich.
Julia is passionate about the nutritional benefits of eating leafy green plants — including those frequently classed as common garden weeds.
Dandelions, nettles, chickweed, and cleavers are just the beginning. On a daily basis, Julia forages for weeds and combines them with other greens and fruit or nuts to make green smoothies, weed pestos, and other tasty concoctions. She now travels across the North Island sharing recipes, knowledge, and enthusiasm.
This weekend’s Ashhurst-based events are something of a homecoming for Julia, who was raised in Manawatu. Her most recent Manawatu workshop was held last year to a sold-out crowd.
Participants who braved flooding rains to participate in the workshop’s weed-foraging walk, were so enthusiastic about what they learned that several asked the Society for the Resilience and Engagement of the Community of Ashhurst and Pohangina (RECAP) to bring Julia back at a price level that would be accessible to more people.
RECAP is offering three events.
A free (gold coin koha) lecture and social will be held Friday, April 29, from 7pm at the Ashhurst Village Valley Centre, 21 Guildford St. This bring-a-neighbour event is open to all, with no registration required.
Two informal workshops will be held on Saturday April 30, and Sunday May 1, from 10am to 1pm for those wishing to learn more about plant identification, nutrition, and recipes.
The fee, thanks to Lotteries Community Grants, is $10. Registration is essential, with the May 1 workshop – a response to the first workshop – all but selling out far in advance.
For more information and registration, see http://recap.org.nz.
Foraging for edible weeds – a group engaged in a walk and workshop on weed identification led by Tauranga’s ‘weed woman’, Julia Sich.