Imifino: A Guide to Edible Weeds in the Eastern Cape

What if a plant that you have been pulling out of your garden may actually be edible and highly nutritious? Ruliv has recently completed a project with Research Consultant Claire Kockott, and funded by the National Heritage Council, aimed at helping us to identify and...

Dry your surplus imifino

Drying imifino is a traditional African method of preservation using the sun, wind or warm air, inside or out. Collect a lot of imifino when they grow after rains in summer. Dry them and you will have nutritious food for the winter. Dried imifino can be stored whole...

What makes a delicious Imifino meal?

We had a lot of fun testing out and sharing recipes. A clear favourite was the ‘traditional Xhosa recipe’, which features in the original Guide and the revised version as “Mama Esthers Imifino”. 1 bag fresh mixed imifino (e.g. utyuthu/amaranth, ihlaba/sow thistle or...

How to pick Imifino

When foraging, you want to avoid places that may have been sprayed with herbicide or where the soil is otherwise likely to be polluted. Avoid busy road verges and industrial areas. The beliefs of some interviewed in the research were that ‘women and children gather...

What are imifino or edible weeds?

About 30 000 edible plant species are found throughout the world. It is estimated that about 7 000 of these plants have been collected as food. With urbanisation and working away from home the practice of growing or foraging for our food is declining. Today about 15...