Meet the Coast woman who dines out on what's in your backyard

Amiee Clark forages on Chambers Island and finds some native spinach (warrigal greens).
Amiee Clark forages on Chambers Island and finds some native spinach (warrigal greens). John McCutcheon

HAVE you ever thought, while walking through a park or down to your favourite beach spot, that you'd like a quick snack?

What if you could snatch an easy bite from the surrounding scrub or nearby trees?

As a keen environmental lover, Aimee Clark has recently embraced foraging as a way to enjoy herself while out and about in nature, as well as a chance to try unique foods.

The 33-year-old said she began researching wild plants, weeds and bugs found on the Coast out of interest last year, and within just 12 months, has discovered the wealth of opportunity hidden amongst the bush.

"There's just so much around us, many people don't realise a lot of stuff they pull out of or whipper-snipper off in their backyards is stuff you can actually eat," she said.

Such things include Seaspray Bliet and warrigal greens, sometimes known as sea spinach, which Ms Clark recommends blanching as a bar snack and consuming a little at a time.

She said the point of learning about wild foods isn't about surviving off them, but boosting environmental recognition and appreciation.

"The biggest point is that if you can understand more about nature, then you can appreciate it more," she said.

"It's not necessarily about having a feast from all the things you can find.

"For me, part of my fun in being outdoors comes from experiencing nature in a way most people don't."

Ms Clark runs foraging workshop and cooking demonstrations to educate interested residents about the benefits and locations of wild foraged foods.

Her next workshop will run on December 10, for more information visit

Topics:  cooking environment environmental protection food general-seniors-news native nature paleo workshops

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