For the November Guild Session we got together with over 30 Permablitz guild members and attendees to learn about edible natives. Disappointingly, due to ill health Karen Sutherland was unable to attend, but with her spirit guiding us we were fortunate enough to receive an extensive tour of the many edible natives on the CERES site grounds by none other than the CERES head site gardener, Belinda. (Also many thanks to Nase from CERES!)
We discovered edible Australian natives in nearly every nook and cranny of the CERES site. Lilly pilly and macadamia seemed to be crowd favourites. We ran across creeping warrigal greens and different varieties of salt grass in many of the beds. We also learned about muntries, a low shrub with berries the flavour of spiced apples, and lemon myrtle, with a strongly fragrant leaf whose leaves can be used for teas and flavouring dishes as well as the stronger tasting aniseed myrtle. It turned out to be a very interactive evening and we hope all the attendees feel better aquainted with some of the native edibles they can grow in Melbourne!
As a reminder, these Guild Sessions are designed as a way to gather, share skills, and meet the other great people in the Permablitz network. They are hosted at rotating locations across the city on rotating days of the week to allow a variety people to attend. This year we covered topics from the design process to aquaponics, and beekeeping to edible perennials. If you missed out this year, have a look out for the bi-monthly events starting next year!