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Chickpeas: More Than Just Hummus

Chickpeas: More Than Just Hummus

When you hear the word chickpea, what’s the first thing you think of? Hummus? Falafel? While chickpeas are a key ingredient for both of these tasty foods, chickpeas have been used for so much more, from treating warts in Ancient Greece to making gluten-free pasta that you can find at the supermarket.

Lovely Lavender: A Perfect Valentine's Gift

Lovely Lavender: A Perfect Valentine's Gift

While a bouquet of red roses may be the staple gift for Valentine’s Day, there are plenty of plants that are ideal for those wanting something different. Lavender is just one great example, with its sweet fragrance and colourful flowers that represent purity and devotion.

Feature Plant Friday - Spreading Christmas Cheer with Pine Trees

Feature Plant Friday - Spreading Christmas Cheer with Pine Trees

For our final Feature Plant Friday for 2018, we are taking a look at the pine tree, an iconic symbol of Christmas celebrations across the world. While the pine trees we now associate with Christmas are native to the Northern Hemisphere, did you know Australia has their own native species, including two that are over 200 million years old?

Feature Plant Fridays - Celebrating Chanukah with Potatoes

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Feature Plant Fridays - Celebrating Chanukah with Potatoes

This week we’re celebrating Chanukah by taking a look at the potato, which is part of the food eaten during this eight-day festival - latkes anyone? Potatoes also have a long and rich history as a crop of cultural significance, medicinal value, and a staple of diets all over the world, but did you know they are one of the 2700 members of the nightshade family and related to tobacco and chilies?


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Feature Plant Friday - Giving Thanks with Pumpkins

Feature Plant Friday - Giving Thanks with Pumpkins

To continue our celebration of Thanksgiving, this week’s featured plant is the pumpkin. While famous for its appearance as Halloween decorations and in Thanksgiving recipes, pumpkins have been used across cultures in traditional and modern medicine, but did you know that they are also related to cucumbers and watermelons?

Feature Plant Friday: Poppy

Feature Plant Friday: Poppy

In honour of the 100 years since Armistice Day, this week we are taking a look at the history of the poppy, which is well-known for its significance as a flower of remembrance. Poppies also have an extensive history across cultures as a symbolic, medicinal, and culinary plant, and have played an important role in the economies of many countries for thousands of years.

Feature Plant Friday - Celebrating El Día de los Muertos with Marigolds

Feature Plant Friday - Celebrating El Día de los Muertos with Marigolds

To continue celebrating El Día de los Muertos, or ‘Days of the Dead’, this week we’re taking a look at marigolds. Marigolds are an important plant in not just this yearly festival, but across many other cultures now and throughout history, and did you know that they are edible too?

Feature Plant Friday - Spanish Olives on Spanish National Day

Feature Plant Friday - Spanish Olives on Spanish National Day

With Spanish National Day today, we’re taking a look at Spanish Olives. Typically pictured as large olives stuffed with peppers, Spanish olives vary in colour from green to black and by region, but did you know that Spanish olives only differ from other olives by their preparation?

Feature Plant Friday - Kangaroo Wheat Grass

Feature Plant Friday - Kangaroo Wheat Grass

As one of the 150 documented species of native grasses in Australia, kangaroo grass has been a key crop for Indigenous and broader Australian agriculture for thousands of years and is one of the most widely distributed grasses in the country!

Feature Plant Friday - What You Need to Know About Yeast

Feature Plant Friday - What You Need to Know About Yeast

With Breaking Bread - The Panel, FoodFaith’s discussion on the history, culture and sustainable future of bread on October 9th as part of the Sydney friends of Good Food Month, today, we’re taking a look at yeast. One of the key components in baking for thousands of years, but did you know that yeast isn't actually a plant?

Feature Plant Friday - Apples and their Sweet History

Feature Plant Friday - Apples and their Sweet History

While ‘an apple a day’ has been keeping doctors away since the origin of the proverb in 1860s Wales, apples have a rich history in culture, medicine, and cooking that spans across the world and over thousands of years. Originating in Kazakhstan, apples now come in over 7,500 varieties, or cultivars, most of which can be traced back to their original parents!

Feature Plant Friday: Cucumber - More Than Just A Pickle

Feature Plant Friday: Cucumber - More Than Just A Pickle

While famous as a briny pickle and soothing eye mask, cucumbers have been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years and eaten for just as long. But did you know they are made up of more than 95% water and are actually a fruit? Read on to find out more!

Feature Plant Friday - Elder: A Plant of the World

Feature Plant Friday - Elder: A Plant of the World

You may have seen our post on Instagram earlier in the week for Swiss National Day. So today, we are delving into the cultural history surrounding the elder (or holder in Switzerland), the Swiss native most commonly known as elderflower or elderberry. This magical plant has an extensive medicinal and superstitious history, and is even the wood that the Elder Wand is made from in the Harry Potter series!

Feature Plant Friday: The Rich History of Rosemary

Feature Plant Friday: The Rich History of Rosemary

An evergreen herb with a distinctive aroma, rosemary has been used in cooking, medicine, and cultural practices for thousands of years. Enriched with meaning from folklore, rosemary has been used to scare away witches, celebrate weddings, and as a token of remembrance on ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day in Australia, due to its growth on the Gallipoli peninsula. But did you know that rosemary is also a member of the mint family, along with lavender, sage, basil, and oregano?

Feature Plant Friday on a Sunday - NAIDOC Edition: Lemon Myrtle

Feature Plant Friday on a Sunday - NAIDOC Edition: Lemon Myrtle

To celebrate the NAIDOC week which begins today, we’re taking a look at Lemon Myrtle, a plant that has been used by Indigenous Australians both medicinally and in food for thousands of years. This Australian native has continued to be used throughout history, and now features in products all over the world!

The Rise, Fall and Rise of Samphire

The Rise, Fall and Rise of Samphire

With World Oceans Day today, we thought we'd hand Feature Plant Friday over to a plant that is delicious to eat and dwells in the ocean.

From Shakespeare to trendy restaurants, the popularity of samphires, a family of salt-loving succulents, has risen and fallen over thousands of years, due to scarcity or just simply becoming forgotten about.


Feature Plant Friday: Anise otherwise known as Aniseed

Feature Plant Friday: Anise otherwise known as Aniseed

With records of its first use dating back to 1550 BC in the famous Ebers Papyrus, anise, commonly called aniseed, has had a long history of medicinal and culinary use across cultures. Although it is often confused with star anise and tastes similar to star anise, liquorice, and camphor, they are all completely unrelated!

Feature Plant Friday: Rediscovering the Dandelion

Feature Plant Friday: Rediscovering the Dandelion

With its bright yellow flowers and wish-granting abilities, Taraxacum, better known as the dandelion, has had many uses across cultures and even in traditional medicines, but did you know you can eat it too?

Rice: The Golden Go-To Grain

Rice: The Golden Go-To Grain

Rice is the seed of the grass species Oryza sativa and provides one-fifth of the calories consumed worldwide by humans.