Herbs for Health Workshop; featuring Rosella

Another fantastic botanical addition to any garden, which also grows wild- The Rosella- fruiting now – both the fleshy red calyx that surrounds the seed pod (yep the red bits) can be used in array of teas or raw to add colours in salads, it can be dried or frozen and used fresh; the leaves are also a fabulous fresh and zingy addition to any salad;

Rosella (Hibiscus sabdariffa)
Family- Malvaceae
Origins in Africa and Asia
Fruits and leaves eaten
High in Vitamins A, B and C. Contains minerals zinc, silicon, calcium, potassium and iron. Rich in selenium.
Used as an anti-oxidant and a digestive.

Rosella boardFind out more about Rosella and get some great ideas of how to incorporate it into delicious dishes at the workshop coming up

If you are interested in the Herbs for Health workshop this coming Sunday, there are just a couple of spots available–  Book by email (greenbeingnt@gmail.com)

Alawa Primary School- 2.30 pm- 6.00 pm

$20/ $10

SWEET LEAF- Herbs for Health- more goodness from the garden

Coming up on Sunday 28th May is this year’s workshop “Herbs for Health” (and goodness from the garden)

I will be featuring 15 of the top plants we can grow all year that have amazing medicinal properties, we will then make some simple recipes, teas and tonics that include them.

Here is just one amazing plant that will be on the list and the menu

Sweet Leaf (Sauropus androgynus)

sweet leaf

Family- Euphorbiaceae
Origins in India / Malaysia
Form- Ground cover herb
Part Used- Leaf
High in vitamins A, B and C with minerals calcium, potassium, magnesium and iron.
Tonic and antioxidant.

High in protein 49%, fibre 14-18%

This is a great addition to any salad, stir-fry, green smoothie, curry or soup. It has a pea like taste and also can make a great pesto or herb paste in combination with other herbs. Chickens also seem to love this as a favourite green.

This is so easy to grow from cutting and makes a wonderful hedge of soft deep green leaves that just keeps on giving (a great example is at Lakeside Drive Community garden) It grows all year and does not really die back and especially love the humid wet season.

Seasonal sides for a Festive Feast

Back by popular demand – Seasonal Sides for a festive feast; plus Gifts from the Garden.

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Are you sweating it out in the Top End this festive season? Well come along and learn how to make the most out of local produce, growing now in gardens or in Darwin region farms and turn it into delicious seasonal sides and gifts from the garden for your festive feast…

The session will be lead by Emma Lupin of Taste of The Top End at Karama Primary School kitchen.

The session will go through delcious ingredients growing now and ideas how to use them and then you will get to prepare dishes in the workshop to share and taste. These will include healhy and tasty side salads and veggies, drinks, tasty root dishes and more. There will also be a session of creating home gifts from the garden using seasonal produce..

The cost is $20 ($15 concession)- bring this along. There are limited spaces. So book by emailing greenbeingnt@gmail.com or phone 0448 214 716

Drinks ideas and more posts about the awesome content of this workshop coming soon……

Herbs for Health and Goodness from the garden

So many people look to store bought superfoods, but we grow so many beneficial foods right here in Darwin. If you don’t grow them yourself we can connect you with where to support local growers..

Learn here how to incorporate the Top 12 into everyday cooking, teas and drinks, and learn more about their nutritional values. 

This is run by Emma of Taste of The Top End and supported by Healthy Darwin.

The 12 focus plants include- Turmeric, Ginger, Rosella leaves (and sepals), Thai Coriander, Sweet Leaf,  Amaranth, Gotu Kola, Mint, Lemongrass, Lime (leaf and fruit), Thai and Lemon Basil, Pawpaw, Snake Beans and Sweet Potato leaves (plus other seasonal fruits and veggies)

Herbs for Health in Everyday Cooking June 2016 (1)

Open GArden at Lakeside Drive Community Garden

There are some wonderful community gardens around Darwin where you can meet knowledgeable people who grow veggies during the whole year and value community.

This Sunday Lakeside Drive Community Garden is hosting an Open Garden.

Anyone is invited to come along and check out the garden, meet members, work for the dole participants and express their interest in joining.

Some cultural poles have been placed in the garden by the City of Darwin Council and there will be an opening ceremony too.

There are some plots that will be made available to the community and if you are interested you can register.and find out more about how to get involved.

There will be garden tours, a quick snapshot of what to grow in the wet season and some local garden tea making demos by the GULP project.

So please come along

2015 LDCG OPEN GARDEN