About Bellingen Seedsavers

We are a group of like-minded growers of edible and 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.

Sunday 27 December 2015

Garlicky marrow rings- Using zucchinis & carrot top pesto

Says Jack: This is one way to cope with a glut of marrows(overgrown zucchinis/courgettes). Why not try this with cucumbers.

Garlicky marrow rings… that actually taste good!

  See also

Preserving Courgette Gluts For Winter




See also

Carrot top pesto recipes


Monday 21 December 2015

Gluten Free Cranberry, Coconut and Orange Loaf with Yoghurt

Cranberry, Coconut and Orange Loaf with Yoghurt
1 1/2 cups (225g) plain gluten-free flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2/3 cups (150g) caster sugar
1 cup (75g) shredded coconut
1 1/3 cups frozen cranberries
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/3 cup (80ml) vegetable oil
1/2 cup (125ml) fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon finely grated orange rind
Icing sugar, for dusting
1 cup (280g) natural yoghurt, to serve
Preheat oven to 160°C. Sift the flour and baking powder into a large bowl and add the sugar, coconut, frozen cranberries, eggs, oil, orange juice and orange rind and mix until well combined. Spoon the mixture into a greased 21cm x 10cm loaf tin lined with non-stick baking paper. Bake for 1 hour or until cooked when tested with a skewer. Cool on a wire rack, dust with icing sugar and serve with the yoghurt. Serves 6.
Alternative topping:
Orange Cream Cheese Frosting
125 grams Philadelphia cream cheese
3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon orange zest
1/2 cup icing sugar
Soften cream cheese by allowing it to come to room temperature. Cut cream cheese into small cubes. Mix all ingredients. Add more icing sugar if mixture is too thin. Add my orange juice if mixture is too thick. Spread frosting on cooled loaf.

Wednesday 9 December 2015

Vegetables & fruit thriving in NSW subtropics in early summer

Peach-palm (Bactris gasipaes)

It can be useful to see the edible plants that grow and produce in a particular geographical location. This one acre food forest slopes north.

Valencia Orange stays late on tree


What Is the Difference Between the Lychee, Rambutan and ...

Turmeric with Ginger leaf at bottom

Scientific name: Tamarindus indica
Common name: Tamarind, Sampalok, Indian Date
Family: Caesalpinioideae / Caesalpiniaceae
Ethnic names: Ambli, Imli, Pul, Tinti, Chinta, Amli
Origin: Native to tropical Africa

Pitomba (Eugenia luschnathiana)

Black Sapote

RAISIN TREE Fruit Facts - California Rare Fruit Growers

Gold Grumichama after flowering
Small white Guava

Malabar Chestnut

Black Grumichama

Satsuma plum

Santa Rosa Plum

Olive fruiting for the first time

Yacon Apple of the Earth - Smallanthus sonchifolius in foreground

under mature White Sapote


Native Raspberry - HerbiGuide

Seedling white peach

Sauropus androgynus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

White Sapote

White Mulberry

Turmeric with Lemon Grass

Coffee with Lemon Grass

Dwarf Mango is still large

Herbert River Cherry just after flowering
Seedling Bowen Mango. One fruit last year

Athertonia diversifolia


Davidsonia jerseyana Davidson Plum NSW Tree

Rollinia Fruit Tree- Rollinia deliciosa


produced 30 fruit last season

Choko with Edible Canna flowering in front

Persimmon Fuyu Non Astringent Tree - Diospyros kaki

Male Kiwi Fruit

Dragon Fruit

Seedling lemony White Guava



Yam Bean

Mamey Sapote


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