We forage or purchase whole baobab pods and then remove the powder from the seeds using a pestle and mortar.
Wild Food - Lusala
I use lusala roots, displayed here at Dambwa market in Livingstone, as a wild replacement for potatoes in my bush gourmet cuisine.
Wild Food - Marulas
When foraging it's a race between us and the wild animals as to who gets to the marula fruit first! When preserving marulas, we hang them overnight after boiling the fruit in water until they are soft and almost falling apart.
Wild Food - Masawa
Masawa fruit, at various stages of ripeness, bought from Dambwa Market in Livingstone in order to be preserved.
Wild Food - Muchingachinga
Muchingachinga has a distinct perfume, a sharp bite and a hint of heat. It lends itself to both sweet and savoury dishes.
Wild Food - Mungomba
Baskets and buckets of mungomba, or wild sourplum, gathered by the community foragers living on and around our farm, for use in my bush gourmet cuisine.
Wild Food - Munkoyo
Piles of dried wild munkoyo roots for sale in Livingstone's Dambwa market.
Wild Food - Musika
Bundles of dried musika, or tamarind, being sold in Livingstone's Dambwa market. Tamarind trees are native to southern Africa and grow along the Zambezi River.
Wild Food - Nsumo Fruit
Fresh nsumo fruit have the texture of plums but a completely unique flavour, like so many of the wild fruits found in the bush in the Zambezi Valley.
Wild Food - Sindambi
Fresh sindambi calyxes harvested from our vegetable garden, which we turned into syrup and jelly for my bush gourmet cuisine.
Wild Food - Wild Basil
The powerful fragrance of wild basil, which grows along the verges all over our farm, is pervasive in our wet summer.
Wild Food - Wild Mushrooms
A bounty of wild mushrooms in an apron pocket, picked from the bush surrounding our house which is nestled in a teak woodland.
Wild Food - Mongongo Nuts
Mongongo nuts in elephant dung, found on our farm.
“The natural world, when studied and magnified, reminds us over and over that it is an effective antidote to pain, and it’s a necessary distraction from the horror stories unfolding around the world.” - Annabel Hughes Aston