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    Native plants and their uses.

    I have been interested in edible plants (weeds and native plants) for years but have never really studied them. I have found that most books provide small or not really clear pictures too. I have only recently learned that dried leaves of the dreaded Bidgee Widgee makes a pleasant substitute for tea.

    So if you know of an easily identified plant that has proven food value, please share it with us.
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    The flowers off a Prickly Pear are not too bad to eat, b@$tard to peel though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VK2FMIA View Post
    The flowers off a Prickly Pear are not too bad to eat, b@$tard to peel though.
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    I forgot about them. It's been nearly 30 years since I tasted them. I found it to be like a seed laden watermelon.

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    Stinging nettles boiled in water make a tasty spinach substitute. Boiling gets rid of the sting. Go for the leaves only unless constipated - including the stalks has a laxative effect. Used to eat these quite often back in the UK. Stinging nettles seem less 'abundant' here, but we have some in the garden in Ballarat & have eaten them.

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    Is there any harmful plant that can be easily mistaken for stinging nettle, @Cuppa?

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    Tried making a stinging nettle tea once, wasn't too flash but . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by mudnut View Post
    Is there any harmful plant that can be easily mistaken for stinging nettle, @Cuppa?
    Don't think so.There are a few other types of nettle, but they are all edible. We also used to make tea from what were called deadnettles, they had white flowers which were quite sweet, & no sting. Not sure they are in Australia though. Was quite into it back in the day, the 'bible' was a book called 'Food for Free' by a bloke called Richard Maybey. (Try googling it, you never know he may have done an Aussie version sometime over the past 35 or so years!). He listed all UK edible plants, rated each one according to how palatable it was, & made preparation/cooking suggestions.

    I recall chickweed was quite tasty raw in salads.

    Don't bother with Dandelion root coffee - it's disgusting!

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    Don't ever attempt the Pig Melon. I broke one open once and taste licked it. Immediately ceased and spat hard!

    I think this is the right link to the plant. Common in northern Aus.


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