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Botanist Sir Joseph Banks likened it to English spinach, taking seeds of the plant back to England where it became popular as a salad green as far back as the late 1700s. And when Captain James Cook's crew on the HMS Endeavour were overcome with scurvy, this unassuming bush food plant came to the rescue. Step forward  Tetragonia tetragonioides (Warrigal Greens)! Growing on the coast as well as inland areas, Warrigal Green grows well in both full sun and shade. Warrigal Greens is a drought tolerant groundcover or understorey plant that will thrive in fertile soils and in semi-shaded conditions.  To remove its oxalates, blanch the leaves before using them in exactly the same way as you would English spinach or alternatively, pick the leaves at night when the oxalates are significantly reduced. Warrigal Greens can be used to make green smoothies, salads or soups as just a few examples of its endless uses in the kitchen.

Tetragonia tetragonioides (Warrigal Greens)

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