New Zealand -- Harvesting dinner from the beach?
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John Beisner
(trtlrock) - F - M

Locale: Blue Ridge
New Zealand -- Harvesting dinner from the beach? on 10/30/2009 10:18:03 MDT Print View

So, I've read that, on any given beach tramp in NZ, one can dig down into the sand & somehow harvest dinner...

What am I looking or feeling for? Any particular time of day, year, or tide-time that would enhance success? How would I cook/prepare whatever it is I'm finding?

Thanks for any tips.

Julian Watson
(JulesWatson) - F
try this. on 11/02/2009 03:23:21 MST Print View

Pippies and cockles are two types of shellfish you might find.

If you're going to eat pippies, which are a sand-filter feeder, leave em in the bottom of a bucket of water for an hour or two before cooking, so they purge the sand inside. Reduces grit flavour.

http://seafoodindustry.co.nz/Default.aspx?id=1238&area=243

http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/mataitai-shellfish-gathering/4

Pippies are searched for by standing in the edge of the surf zone, doing 'the twist' and finding them with your barefeet.

They make excellent bait as well.

Lynn Tramper
(retropump) - F

Locale: The Antipodes of La Coruna
Re: New Zealand -- Harvesting dinner from the beach? on 11/02/2009 17:30:44 MST Print View

Add some of that bright green sea-lettuce for a balanced and colourful meal ;)

Adrian Smith
(zajsmith) - M

Locale: Wellington, New Zealand
Re:New Zealand -- Harvesting dinner from the beach on 11/04/2009 18:30:30 MST Print View

sounds like a good crash diet plan :>

Lynn Tramper
(retropump) - F

Locale: The Antipodes of La Coruna
Re: Re:New Zealand -- Harvesting dinner from the beach on 11/04/2009 18:49:43 MST Print View

For a more balanced diet make sure you bring along the book "A Field Guide to the Native Edible Plants of New Zealand" by Andrew Crowe, otherwise you probably WILL starve!