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What safe things are there to eat while out in the NZ bush?

What safe things are there to eat while out in the NZ bush?

New growth on a fern.

  • FERNS. The easiest and most recognisable for most people would be NZ’s native ferns.
  • CABBAGE TREE. Another tree that grows in abundance in New Zealand is the cabbage tree (tī kōuka).
  • SUPPLEJACK. Another great survival food to keep in mind is the supplejack (kareao).
  • NIKAU.

    Are Mahoe berries edible?

    This leads to branches covered in rows of purple globular berries that are readily consumed by birds. They are not known to be edible to humans, and there is no record of their use by either Māori or Pākehā.

    What food can you forage in NZ?

    It doesn’t matter if you don’t have a garden – there are plenty of places you can forage for herbs and wild greens, which are often tastier than their shop-bought counterparts….Plantago major, plantain.

    • PLANTAIN.
    • GARLIC MUSTARD.
    • CUCKOO CRESS.
    • BITTERCRESS.
    • COPROSMA BERRIES.
    • SEA BEET.
    • CHICKWEED.
    • MINER’S LETTUCE.

    What native plants are edible?

    Look for these plants at local or online nurseries specialising in natives, edible plants and bush foods.

    • Native spinach, warrigal greens or NZ spinach (Tetragonia tetragonoides)
    • Finger limes or citrus caviar (Citrus australasica)
    • Lemon myrtle (Backhousia citriodora)
    • Native mint (Mentha australis)

    Is PUHA the same as dandelion?

    Puha is chock-full of goodness – it contains the same amount of vitamin C as oranges. The plant is tall and branching and can reach up to one metre with small dandelion-like flowers. The stems contain a milky coloured sap that can taste bitter if you eat puha raw.

    Are Karaka berries poisonous to humans?

    Their orange-red berries are very poisonous. Karaka (Corynocarpus laevigatus). The attractive orange fruits are poisonous. The black seeds are very poisonous if they are chewed or crushed before swallowing, as with k whai.

    What can I plant in a bush tucker garden?

    Bush Tucker Plants For Small Gardens

    • Apium prostratum- Sea Celery or Native Parsley.
    • Carpobrotus– Native Pigface.
    • Billardiera cymosa- Apple Berry.
    • Tetragonia tetragonioides– Warrigal Greens, Native Spinach.
    • Citrus australasica – Finger lime.
    • Kunzea pomifera– Muntries, Monterry, Native Cranberry.

    What is Karamu good for?

    Dyes. Karamu is rich in dying properties including alizarin and purpurin. Traditionally Maori used it to dye flax (Phormium) fibers yellow. Sometimes leaves of karamu were put on stones and dye the food and preserve them after a hangi.

    What foods can you eat in New Zealand?

    The supplejack/Pirita is very common through the NZ bush. But did you know that there is a fresh shoot on the top end of the vine that looks like an asparagus which can be eaten? Break it off and you can eat the end piece raw. Has some moisture in it too so handy in a survival situation. It can also be steamed and or used in a salad.

    What kind of plants live in New Zealand?

    Bush Survival – 7 New Zealand Edible Native Plants 1 Kawakawa 2 Pirita Vine (a.k.a. Supplejack) 3 PikoPiko a.k.a Fiddlehead fern

    Are there any plants you can’t eat in New Zealand?

    Mamaku frond. The young fronds (the koru-shaped fiddleheads) have historically been eaten but are now known to be carcinogenic. Although the carcinogenic compound appears to be destroyed with cooking, it is best to avoid this plant unless absolutely necessary and only eat it after cooking.

    What foods did the Maori people in New Zealand eat?

    These crops included wheat, potatoes, maize, carrots, cabbage and other vegetables. Māori also began raising sheep, pigs, goats and poultry. Manuka flowers, which produce New Zealand’s famous manuka honey, renowned for its medicinal benefits.