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)
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.
Find 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Alawa Primary School- 2.30 pm- 6.00 pm
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)
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.
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)