Monday, November 10, 2014

Puha, a New Zealand vegetable that grows wild.

Puha grows by itself. It looks like dandelion. Puha is a Maori vegetable.
According to Jo, the puha flower grows from a stalk, where as the dandelion's from grow from the leaves. Both are edible.
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The commonly eaten puha was found to have more than three times the antioxidant level of blueberries. 

Sonchus kirkii

Puha, Coastal Puha, New Zealand Sowthistle

Sonchus kirkii, is a edible herb. The Maori name is Puha.

It is easily distinguished from all the other introduced sowthistles species by its very large, non-spinose, glaucous leaves.

It is very fast growing. with yellow daisy-like flowers.

It is an endangered species, the main threat seems to be from competition by faster growing weed species.

  • Edible coastal herb 1 - 1.5m H x .5 W
  • Full sun
  • Tolerates dry, windy conditions
  • Flowers over Summer

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