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.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Bellingen Autumn Plant Fair

Once again a Bellingen Environment Centre Plant Fair was successful and our locally grown and packed heritage seeds were in demand. We prefer to distribute our seeds via markets rather than store seeds.

Packing the seeds the weeks before the Fair

You can see what we grow in our local area.

We sell cheaply because we aim to spread our seeds and encourage everyone to grow more of their own food.


Our guessing competition raises funds and displays our local produce.
Our Mayor buying seeds.

We give advice on how to grow our seeds.

If you contact us we will put you on our mail list. You will be notified of our meetings and garden visits.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Ragweed, Gynura crepidioides. Is it a local edible weed?

Ragweed, Gynura crepidioides
 Some articles conflate Okinawa Spinach (Gynura bicolour)) with Ragweed, Gynura crepidioides. Sometimes both plants are depicted, cut and bundled, in Asian vegetable markets.

Okinawa Spinach (Gynura bicolour)

Gynura crepidiodes, a common weed in the Bellingen valley

"Gynura crepidioides Benth. is a synonym of Crassocephalum crepidioides"

"Crassocephalum crepidioides, also called ebolo, thickhead, redflower ragleaf, or fireweed, is an erect annual slightly succulent herb growing up to 180 cm tall. Its use is widespread in many tropical and subtropical regions, but is especially prominent in tropical Africa. Its fleshy, mucilaginous leaves and stems are eaten as a vegetable, and many parts of the plant have medical uses. However, the safety of internal use needs further research due to the presence of plant toxins. [2]" Ref: Wikipedia

"Cultivation Details


Grows well in soils that are rich in organic matter. Often cultivated as a food crop in the tropics, the plant has light, plumed seeds that are easily distributed by the wind. It has escaped from cultivation in many areas and become an invasive weed in some places.

Edible Uses

Leaves - raw or cooked. A distinctive, pine-like flavour. The leaves are fleshy, somewhat mucilaginous with a nutty flavour]. The tender and succulent leaves and stems of ebolo are mucilaginous and are used as a vegetable in soups and stews, especially in West and Central Africa. It is much appreciated for its special flavour, which is sharp but not bitter. In Sierra Leone the leaves are also popular and are made into a sauce with groundnut paste. In Australia it is eaten as a salad green, either cooked or raw"  Ref: Useful Tropical Plants

Also Search for Gynura crepidioides in Google Book 'Vegetables' for an excellent article.

Also of interest: Birds Nest Fern 

Spider plant (Cleome gynandra)

Farmers Friend aka Blackjack (Bidens pilosa),  a common weed in our valley,

Blackjack

 

are grown as edible crops in Africa and Asia!!!

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Eat your Pumpkin leaves and links to vegetable recipes using indigenous plants

Using Herbs in Everyday Life Workshop


Biodynamic Agriculture Australia is hosting a 'Using Herbs in Everyday Life' Workshop on Thursday 30th March  at 25 Nobles Lane, East Bellingen.

It is also hosting a visit by CEO of SEKEM Community in Egypt (A Biodynamic Sustainable Community of 3000 people in the desert) -Helmy Abouleish on Thursday 21st April (workshops and forum), and Thursday evening (public talk and Q and A session. See www.sekem.com






Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Labelling the Seeds Working Bee March 7


Always a great opportunity to share news.

Ready for the Bellingen Autumn Plant Fair March 11, 2017


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