My very first guest on The Awaken to Nature Podcast is Roushanna Gray, an award winning wild food innovator and avid forager.
After many years of developing her knowledge and connection with the edible landscape she created Veld & Sea. They offer a variety of seasonal and sustainable foraging classes and workshops. These fully immersive experiences awaken the senses and ignite a reconnection to nature and the abundance of nutritious and delicious wild foods that can be found in the inter-tidal pools and rocky Fynbos gardens of the Cape Peninsula.
In this episode we hear how Roushanna has developed an intimate relationship with nature and that there is a lot more to foraging than simply walking out into the bush or coastline and picking whatever you choose. She talks about the importance of learning to identify what can and what can’t be eaten because in South Africa and I am sure in most parts of the world there are many potentially poisonous plants to be aware of.
We learn about respecting seasons, there are good times and not so good times to forage certain foods. Understanding and following these cycles is crucial for creating a sustainable forgaing practice.
At the core of Roushanna’s teaching, is the importance of building a relationship with nature and the food it provides. To build this relationship you need to take your time… be curious... and if possible, plant these wild foods in your garden. That way you can experience the plant through the seasons and learn how to use it and enjoy the various flavour profiles on offer throughout the year.
Find out more: veldandsea.com @veldandsea