Our ancestors lived off indigenous foods growing abundantly locally, and yet most of us see only weeds. This is called food blindness. We take a closer look at what to look for and how it could be prepared. From veldkool to slangbessie, let’s revive indigenous foods and grow them in our gardens.
“Since colonisation there has been pretty much a complete erasure of our foodways,” Cape wild foods expert Loubie Rusch said in a webinar earlier this year. Foodways refer to the ways in which we access and make use of our foods, whether it’s by agriculture and whether it’s our cultural food systems. In her talk Forgotten use of Indigenous Plants at a Botanical Society of South Africa webinar, Loubie highlighted that we have forgotten about our indigenous food plants.