Bush herbs describes some native food plants used in a western diet, with aroma and flavour profiles unlike anything experienced from European culinary herbs. There are an amazing variety of Australian native herbs able to be grown in Melbourne and most remain unknown to chefs, foodies and gardeners. Many can be grown in pots so suit small spaces, balconies and even shady gardens and can be used fresh or dried, in teas and in the kitchen. At this talk you’ll learn how to grow and use a range of these herbs, smell and taste them and speak to the person who has grown and promoted them to urban gardeners for years.
Karen Sutherland heads Edible Eden Design, specialising in native food gardens for schools and community groups. Karen consults, teaches, speaks and writes about edible and useful plants. Her home garden, Gunyah, has around 50 native food plants amongst its 200 edible and useful plants and is open regularly to the public each year. She is about to publish a collaborative book on tomatoes and is finally writing a book on the topic of bush herbs.