Diego Bonetto is reviving the profile of the common weed. Sally Willoughby explains.
TRADITIONAL cultures have for centuries used common weeds to make soups, teas and medicines.
Diego Bonetto, who wants to revive the traditional use of weeds — or wild food as he calls it — says food can be found in the most inconspicuous places.
His discovery of weeds as food and medicine started in his childhood in northern Italy, where he was raised on a farm.
After moving to Australia 20 years ago, he turned his attention to the inner city to forage for wild food.
Next month he will lead participants on a journey of discovery along the Parramatta River and Old Government House farm site identifying medicinal and edible plants on the way.
"We'll talk about plants' history, the value they had in the past and still have and rediscover old traditions," Bonetto said. He will also explain the variety and possibilities offered by nature.
But he said foragers should have an awareness of where food is being plucked and the treatment of the soil.
■ Eat your weeds tour of Parramatta Park, September 7, 10am to 12.30pm, $20 each or $60 per family. Meet at the Park cafe. To book: www.trybooking.com/55543.