EAT TO LIVE, RECIPES, NATIVE

Weedy Wednesdays with Karlie Eat to Live - Nasturtium Pesto and Warrigal Greens

Propagating nasturtiums from seeds or cuttings is easy as they are very hard to kill.

Propagating nasturtiums from seeds or cuttings is easy as they are very hard to kill.

I had heard that propagating nasturtiums was easy so I thought I'd give it a crack from cuttings I took on a local foraging expedition.

Nasturtium and warrigal greens cuttings being propagated

Nasturtium and warrigal greens cuttings being propagated

Fun Facts:

NASTURTIUMS (Tropaeolum majus): A peppery leafy green native to central and south america, and contain more vitamin C than any fruit. The flowers are edible and decorate your food beautifully. It grows easily in nutrient poor soil.

WARRIGAL GREENS (aka 'native spinach',
Tetragonia tetragonioides): Native to Australia and New Zealand. They have a subtle taste, so are extremely versatile. Like spinach they are high in Vit C. The final meal taken on board Captain Cook's Endeavour after leaving Botany Bay was skate (fish) and warrigul greens (yay for no scurvy!), according to the diary of the ship's botanist, Sir Joseph Banks. Banks also took some seeds back to England with him, making it the first native Australian plant to be cultivated overseas. It grows easily in dry, nutrient poor soil. Slugs and snails avoid it... YES!!!

Wild foraged spicy nasturtium and macadamia pesto

Wild foraged spicy nasturtium and macadamia pesto

This is a really delicious wild foraged spicy nasturtium and macadamia pesto. It was very easy to make. Blitz a big bunch wild collected nasturtium leaves, 4 cloves garlic (peeled), some unrefined salt, a handful of macadamia nuts and some EVOO. Voila! Great with steak or lamb chops. Also good as an accompaniment to chicken and fish.

You can also mix the pesto into homemade labne dip to make an ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS AND NUTRITIOUS snack, like this:

Wild nasturtium pesto labne dip

Wild nasturtium pesto labne dip

Or pop it on your salad. My yummy vegetarian salad of wild foraged warrigal greens (of Captain Cook's 'Operation Prevent Scurvy' fame) is supercharged with googy poached farm eggs, roast potatoes, eggplant and pumpkin. Dressed in AVC and pan butter. Everything organic.

"Isn't eating organic expensive?" people ask.
"Have you priced cancer lately?" I say. ;)

And there's more to it than scaremongering. 1:2 ppl will experience cancer in some form. Them's the current odds. And eating food drenched in toxic pesticides doesn't help our chances. Anyway there's plenty of pesticide free food right there on your footpath, you just have to locate a clean area and open your eyes and look. No need to spend up big on organic greens!

Warrigal greens salad with zoodles bolognaise

Warrigal greens salad with zoodles bolognaise