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Autumn Foraging - 6 Wild Foods You Can Find This Season
Autumn is the perfect season to cosy up with hot cup of tea, invite some friends over for a wine and cheese platter and perhaps treat yourself to a home made apple crumble for dessert. And the most exciting part is that you can forage and make these things for yourself, all you need to do is step outside. Want to learn more about autumn foraging in New Zealand? Just keep reading!
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3 Wild Fruit
There are still many trees laden with wild fruits. Foraging in New Zealand in autumn, you’ll find that apples and pears are still in plentiful supply in the wild. With your foraged fruit you could make puree and freeze it for future use, make apple or pear crisps in the dehydrator or bake a classic apple crumble. The perfect dessert on a chilly autumn evening.
Wild apples are often more tart than commercially grown apples so bear that in mind when using them, you could add a cinnamon stick when boiling or stewing them to add a touch of sweetness.
There are a variety of books as well as Facebook groups that you can use to help with identification. You still need to make sure that you are identifying your mushrooms safely before use! THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT. Once you have found and safely identified them you could dehydrate some for future use.
5 Dandelion Root
6 Wild Greens
Greens are still around! Plants like chickweed and miners lettuce are still growing so look out for them while foraging in autumn. They can be used just like any other salad greens. You can also add them to your stews, soups, stir-fries, smoothies or pestos. Parsley and fennel are great taste additions to your meals as well and quite often can be found growing wild.
Autumn Pesto Recipe