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
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.