FORAGER FRIDAY

Foraging Friday with Diego. In season now: Sydney wattle

With this post I would like to pay my respect to the indigenous people of Australia, their culture and the knowledge they have been passing down to this day through tens of thousands of years. I would like to pay my respect to elders past, present and future.

This week we will talk of a seasonal marker here on this side of the world: Acacia floribunda - white sallow wattle, that together with Acacia longifolia -Sydney golden wattle- mark the time when the fishes start to move in preparation for the warmer months. At the end of this period the flowering of yet another wattle (acacia decurrens - Sydney green wattle) will mark the start of the soft rainy season of spring. You can read more about Indigenous Weather Knowledge on the Bureau of Metereology website, or just learn it from the knowledgeable people themselves. 

About 1000 Australian Acacia species have been recorded. Nearly all of them appear to have edible seeds - on the basis of lack of evidence to the contrary - but the bushfood industry wisely prefers to use species which already have some history of safe use in traditional Aboriginal communities.

Acacia longifolia is one of the proven edible ones, and indeed there is actually commercially activity around the plant's seeds, who are now an established bush food for domestic and overseas markets.

Acacia decurrens on the other hand is appreciated for its gum exuding from the tree, which is edible.

Below some image of each species, enjoy the upcoming change of season folks.

'till next,

Diego

Sydney Golden wattle- Acacia longifolia

White sallow wattle, Acacia floribunda. CC by Hortiphoto - Previously published here>

Sydney green wattle, Acacia decurrens. CC by John Tann