Tamarind Foray

I managed to convince my mate to take me foraging through the week as I still have no transport at present we went down to the sea shore looking for Cassava (Manihot esculenta) mostly because my friend was silly enough to mention it grew wild along the beach and I said you cant say things like that and not take me hay…..

Tamarind tree & fruit (Tamarindus indica)

So off we went to the closest beach only about ten minutes away we didn’t find any Cassava but I found an absolutely loaded Tamarind (Tamarindus indica) tree. I have been eyeing off the Tamarinds in town every time we go in there but they are late ripening this year and I was worried that because it has been so wet here they may go moldy on the branches but we were lucky or though the majority were not ready there were some on the group which I was wrapped about so we collected them and made our way back home with our bounty.

With the Tamarind I pick off the outer shell and put the pulp and seeds into a bowl I add water and with my hands I squish the pulp off the seeds. I then pick the seeds out and discard them I use the pulp to make sauces for cooking or I freeze the pulp raw. I absolutely love Tamarind when my friend first showed me it I was so exited because I thought if I like the bought stuff the real thing will be amazing and on seeing the greedy gleam in my eyes my my friend warned me not to eat to much of it but my greed for this tastiest of sour morsels was to great for me to heed his warning and I payed dearly for it.

Tamarind fruit (Tamarindus indica)

After putting it in everything I eat and sucking on the fruit all day on and off for the next week or so my tongue began to feel really sore and it got worse & worse until in the end it felt like it was blistered it was very painful for a long time and even after my actual tongue had settled down I couldn’t eat things like strawberries or bananas ect because it would start it up again, I’m still not sure exactly what the science is behind this effect but it lasted for months. I was not happy at the time and what made it worse was my friend giving me that I told you so look with a smirk on his face and I was even less happier when I got back back home to Tasmania and I couldn’t eat my grandmothers yummy strawberries but lesson learnt for sure.

Health & Mental Wellness In Diet

Ok this is a list of all the plant foods I consumed in about a week, I believe that plant family diversity is crucial to a healthy balanced diet including mental wellness, I think this is why indigenous people all around the world in the past had good nutrition & health. In our westernized diets we consume a lot of human altered plants more genus & species of fewer families of plants giving the illusion that we are consuming a diverse range of plants. So I made a list of my week it took ages but it was fun and I learnt more about the foods I eat which I always love, so give it a go and see how diverse your diet is in plant families my count was at least 36 different families & I’m sure to have missed some.

Consumed plant foods in one week 2013 

Plant Family is first then Common name, Genus & Species, in capitals at the end- (BF) means bush foods, (F) means foraged, fresh or dried, (P) means processed plant food. In this list I include herbal teas & other hot drinks because you get nutrition from them also.

Plants

Amaryllidaceae Family

Brown & Red Onion (Allium cepa)   

Spring Onion (Allium.sp.)

Shallot (Allium cepa var. aggregatum)

Garlic (Allium sativum) 

Apiaceae Family

Coriander (Coriandrum sativum)

Carrot (Daucus carota)

Parsley (Petroselinum crispum)

Celery (Apium graveolens var. dulce)

Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)

Cumin (Cuminum cyminum)

Araceae Family

Taro (Colocasia esculenta)

Arecaceae Family

Coconut (Cocos nucifera) (BF)

Asteraceae Family

Bitter Greens (Cichorium intybus)

Chicory root (Cichorium intybus)

Yacon (Smallanthus sonchifolius, Syn.: Polymnia edulis, P. sonchifolia)

Sow Thistle (Sonchus sp.) (F)

Camomile (Matricaria chamomilla)

Calendular flower (Calendular sp.)

Dandelion root (Taraxacum officinale)  

Boraginaceae Family

Borage flowers (Borago officinalis)

Brassicaceae  Family

Cabbage (Brassica oleracea) Red & Green

Wild Mustard Greens (Braassica juncea) (F)

Kale (Brassica oleracea  Acephala group)  x 2 types

Pak Choy (Brassica rapa subspecies pekinesis & chinensis)

Caricaceae Family

Paw Paw (Carica papaya)

Chenopodiaceae Family

Red Beets (Beta vulgaris)

Sliver Beet (Beta vulgaris subsp. cicla) 

Convolvulaceae Family

Kumara/Sweet Potato (Ipomoea batatas)

Coast Morning Glory (Ipomoea pes-caprae) (BF)

Cucurbitaceae Family

Yellow Button Squash (Cucurbita sp.)

Zucchini (Cucurbita sp.)

Pumpkin (Cucurbita sp.)

Chayote (Sechium edule)

Elaeaocarpaceae Family

Blue Quandongs (Elaeocarpus angustifolius) (BF)

Euphorbiaceae Family

Cassava (Manihot esculenta)

Fabaceae Family

Chickpea flour (Cicer arietinum) (P)

Soy Beans (Glycine max) (P)

Brown Lentils (Lens culinaris)

Red Kidney Beans (Phaseolus vulgaris)

Cannellini Beans (Phaseolus vulgaris)

Tamarind (Tamarindus indica)

Snake Bean (Vigna unguiculata subsp. Sesquipedalis) 

Fagaceae Family

Acorns (Quercus sp.)

Lamiaceae Family

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)

Oregano (Origanum vulgare)

Peppermint (Mentha sp.)

Lauraceae Family

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum)

Bay leaves (Laurus nobilis) 

Malvaceae Family

Hybiscus flowers (Hybiscus sp.) (F)

Musaceae Family

Banana (Musa acuminate) x 2 types

Myrtaceae

White crab apples (Syzygium pseudofastigiatum) 

Oleaceae Family

Olives (Olea europaea) (P)

Poaceae Family

Lemon Grass (Cymbopogon citratus)

Wheat flour (Triticum spp.) (P)

Oats (Avena sativa)

Brown Rice (Oryza sativa)

Polygonaceae Family

Dock root (Rumex sp.) 

Rosaceae Family

Hawthorn leaves & berries(Carategus sp.) 

Rubiaceae Family

Coffee beans (Coffea Arabica)

Ruttaceae Family

Orange (Citrus sinensis) x 2 types

Lemon (C. limon)

Limes (C. aurantifolia)

Mandarin (C. reticulate) 

Pomelo (Citrus maxima or Citrus grandis)

Scrophulariaceae Family

Mullein (Verbascum sp.)

Solanaceae Family
Potatoes (Solanum tuberosum) x 2 types

Tomatoes (S. lycopersicum) x 2 types

Eggs Plant (S. melongena) x Purple & White

Capsicum (Capsicum sp.) Red, Green & Yellow

Chillie (Capsicum annuum) 

Theaceae Family

Tea (camellia senensis) black & green

Urticaceae Family

Nettles (urtica dioica) (F)

Vitaceae Family

Red Wine/Grapes (Vitis Vinifera) (P)

Winteraceae Family

Tassie Pepper berry & leaves (Tasmannia lanceolata) (BF)

Zingiberaceae Family

Ginger root (Zingiber officinale)

Wild Ginger root & leaves (Alpinea caerulea) (BF)

Turmeric (Curcuma longa)

ALGAE/SEAWEEDS 

Laminariaceae Family
Bull Kelp (Nereocystis luetkeana.) (BF)

Ulvaceae Family

Sea Lettuce (Ulva lactuca ) (BF)

FUNGI 

Agaricaceae Family

Button Mushrooms (Agaricus bisporus)

Suillaceae Family

Slippery Jacks (Suillus luteus) (F)

Have fun with this and I wish you all good health & Wellness

Carob Pods

Carob Pods (2)

Carob Pods

A friend of mine in Alice Springs showed me a Carob bush (Ceratonia siliqua) just up from his place, it was the first time I had seen one and when I picked up a pod and smelt it it gave me flash back of being a child because when I was a child I was allergic to all sorts of foods and I couldn’t eat chocolate so my mum used to buy carob for me instead, I didn’t love the flavor then being a kid and all because I just wanted normal chocolate but later in life having not consumed dairy all my adult life I had no milk chocolate reference to compare it to so I could just enjoy the carob in it’s own rite the few time I bought it to try.
They smelt so good and I’m up for any free food so I pick up a bunch of the pods and dried them, they are pretty hard so I just broke the pods up into smaller chunks with my pestle and mortar and brewed them up in a pot on the stove to release the flavors it was very good anI very surprised how sweet it was.
It is nice on it’s own but I’m also going to add it to my roasted acorn (Quercus), Dandelion root (Taraxacum officinal) and Dock root (Rumex obtusifolius).
Carob pods
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Carob Pods Dock & Dandelion roots & AcornAbove is the mix I just brew this on the stove for about 2 to 3 minute and drink strait I don’t add anything to it, well that’s it for this one I definitely recommend this one if you can find it or grow it. 🙂