There’s Buchu On My Stoep

You don’t have to spend a for­tune on su­per­foods. In fact, it could be grow­ing right on your doorstep

Women's Health (South Africa) - - CONTENTS - By Michelle Oc­to­ber

I’m crouched down on the pave­ment, cars speed­ing by. On any nor­mal day I’d be up­right and only in­ter­ested in cross­ing the road to get to work, but to­day I’m pulling out – and col­lect­ing – weeds. Why? I’m pick­ing su­per­foods for lunch. My be­hav­iour may seem odd, but I’m join­ing the grow­ing num­ber of peo­ple world­wide who are start­ing to take no­tice of wild shrubs and in­dige­nous plants that have un­til now been over­looked. Did you know that some su­per­foods grow as land­scap­ing plants and hedge malls and busi­ness parks, while oth­ers are “weeds” which grow along the high­way? Yup, nu­tri­ent-dense fo­liage has been around us this whole time and we had no idea. Now, for­ag­ing is be­com­ing more fash­ion­able, with devo­tees hunt­ing through forests pick­ing wild mush­rooms. Oth­ers are plant­ing and cul­ti­vat­ing in­dige­nous crops for food. And then there are those ed­u­cat­ing their com­mu­ni­ties about the abun­dant nat­u­ral re­sources at their feet.

CLOCK­WISE FROM TOP: ROUSHANNA GRAY, FOUNDER OF VELD AND SEA; TEA MADE FROM NUM-NUM BERRIES AND PELARGONIUM; GEMMA HAN­COCK, WILD FOOD CHEF AT VELD AND SEA.

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