Botanical Name: Tetragonia tetragonoides Common Names: Warrigal Greens, Botany Bay
spinach, New Zealand spinach, Native spinach, Aussie spinach.
We love warrigal greens so much we sell it to local restaurants around Sydney. Warrigal
greens is an indigenous plant that grows along the eastern coast of Australia. You
can use it just as you would regular spinach, silverbeet or even bok choy. It’s
a perfect accompaniment to other native foods such as kangaroo and emu or any game
Captain Cook and his men were the first Europeans to take advantage of warrigal greens,
eating it with their stingray in 1770. Convicts continued to eat it as a spinach
substitute and it achieved brief popularity in Europe in the 19th century after Joseph
Banks took back seeds to England.
In fact, we can attribute the settlement of Australia by the first fleet in part
to warrigal greens. In 1779, Banks was called to the House of Commons to testify
on the suitability of Australia as a colony. He said “the grass is long and luxuriant
and there were some eatable vegetable spinach particularly a sort of wild spinach”.
Our aim is to promote warrigal greens as a viable native Australian spinach. Why
eat English spinach when you can eat Aussie?
We can also provide you with beautiful Native Violets as an edible garnish in desserts
and salads. Check out the photos on Links and Pics.