About Bellingen Seedsavers

We are a group of like-minded growers of useful heritage plant varieties in the Bellingen area of northeast New South Wales, Australia.

Our climate varies from frost-free coastal areas to inland river valleys and highlands with frosts. Bellingen has an average annual rainfall of 1507ml.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Saturday January 14th soiree with John & Carol in the leafy Fernmount Food Forest

Seedsavers on the upper path in the Fernmount Food Forest
A heavy but short southerly change and shower dropped the temperature from the 40 plus temperatures we had been sheltering from most of the day and made the

Fernmount Food Forest

garden walk much more pleasant.


The Cherimoya and Rollinia (flowering) were of interest as were the flowering and fruiting Carambolas.

We gathered for a quick stroll through the food forest then enjoyed a presentation on edible perennials - some surprises there. A Longevity Spinach (Gynura procumbens) cousin of the Okinawan spinach flourishes in the Bellingen climate.

Then we shared a supper till late. Elaine's herbal punch (lemon myrtle and lemon verbena tea base) was popular.

Noticed on the sharing table: tamarillos, Giant Russian garlic, eggplant seedlings, seeds of mustard, celery, bunching shallot and cuttings of Okinawa and Surinam spinach.

Tamarillo


Tamarillo cake (substituting tamarillos for plums in a recipe)





Perennial hot capsicum
Okinawa spinach
Curry Leaf bush
Unripe mangoes, yummy with sugar, salt and maybe a touch of chili.
Gramma Pumpkin (Cucurbita moschata) does well in this humid climate
Our first soursop fruit. Apparently the leaves are also steeped to make a herbal tea.
Jaboticaba
New Guinea Bean Gourd thrives in the wet weather.
Acerola
Carambola. Some say the leaves are edible as well.
Phyllanthus distichus  Star Gooseberry


Golden Lyre Grevillia

Black Grumichama

Beneath the Mexican Weeping Bamboo arch



Presentation on Edible Perennials

A shared dinner
Rae's coconut cake

1 comment:

  1. I'm not familiar with most of these plants and foods, but I love the pictures. I live in the southern United States, and love my home gardening.

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