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Learn about 16 of the most common edible and medicinal plants of the Sydney Basin with this handy guide to foraging in your own back yard. This booklet contains imagery of each plant and short descriptions of uses to help you master the basics of wild foraging.
Diego grew up on a dairy farm in northern Italy when it was still common practice to collect the wild produce of the land. Springtime was all about dandelions, nettle and lovertin (hop bush young shoots), summer was about mulberries and blackberries, autumn was the time of chestnuts, hazelnuts and a host of edible mushrooms.
After moving to Australia in the mid 90s he sensed a longing to rekindle an untapped connection to nature, Indigenous knowledge loss and a disproportionate mistrust for wild produce. These days we no longer know the names of the plants living on our doorsteps; we distrust and dismiss some of the most important food and medicine plants that have always walked with us as our co-evolutionary species.
Diego collaborates extensively with chefs, herbalists, environmentalists and cultural workers to promote a new understanding of what the environment has to offer. His mission is to enable conversations around belonging, sustainability and agency, while eating food. The old stories and flavours offering an alternative for people to re-engage with their neighbourhoods and ecologies.
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