Living without refridgeration in summer and being 2 hours drive from the nearest town makes food storage and longevity pretty interesting at times.
We try to go into town once a fortnight. This was no problem at all in winter, though things spoil much faster when it is 46 degrees Celsius most days.
The days just before town are always the trickiest for me. By the end of summer all the nettles have gone to seed and aren't so good anymore, and the chickweed has all died off.
Luckily blackberries are here to save the day!
We discovered a MASSIVE blackberry bush along a little dirt road near our place 2 days before our town trip. There were also two kinds of native raspberries just nearby full of berries.
A big basket was filled up with berries and our hands were covered purple - just the way they are meant to be. Fresh wild berries go a long way when you haven't had fruit or sugar for several days!
I made the most delicious, satisfying porridge with pretty minimal ingredients.
- Sprouted buckwheat
- Coconut cream
- Flax, sesame and chia seeds
- Coconut flakes
- Wild berries
Happy days !
As a depressing end note to the story..
After telling our neighbour (he lives 45min drive away) about how blackberries saved the day and how great they were, he got pretty freaked out that the blackberries were going to get into his river and he would never get it out etc.
A few weeks later all the blackberries along the trail along with a whole bunch of unrelated edible natives and gum trees had all been sprayed with poison and killed...
A valuable lesson learnt in sharing information.. Hopefully some seeds from our harvest will keep the legacy alive :P