It was a bit hard to work out where to put Warrigal Greens in this blog. It’s recognised as a bushfood, but doesn’t grow locally. Originally, it hails from Japan, so it’s not really a ‘native’ Australian plant. However, it grows very well in our garden and is often sold as ‘bushtucker’, so I’ll cautiously slide it in here.
The name ‘Warrigal’ came from the locals who encountered Cook in the early days of the invasion. It means, simply ‘wild’ or ‘uncultivated’.
As you may be able to tell from the genus name ‘Tetragonia‘, Warrigals are related to two local bushfood plants, ‘Bower and Sea Spinaches‘.