Warrigal Greens (Tetragonia tetragonoides)


Warrigal Greens

 

Family: Aizoaceae

Flowering Time: All year

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’.

It’s a tasty green vegetable that we use as a Spinach substitute. Be careful though, Warrigal Greens are reputed to have a fairly high level of Oxalic acid, but discard the water you cooked it in and you should be alright.

As you may be able to tell from the genus name ‘Tetragonia‘, Warrigals are related to two local bushfood plants, ‘Bower and Sea Spinaches‘.