Both sharing the same food values and philosophies – sourcing from the land and locally – Electrolux Ambassadors James Viles (Biota Dining NSW) and Scott Bridger (Bib & Tucker WA) share their top tips for gathering and sourcing local ingredients. From city, coastal or country living, they’ve got you covered!
1. Apartment and city dwellers can grow their own edible gardens in Styrofoam boxes. They work well because they have great drainage, and can be moved around easily. These types of boxes also have great depth so they allow for deep root growth.
2. I love going to the beach to source produce like nasturtiums, seaweeds and other plants that can be gathered and used throughout your cooking.
3. Look for an Australian origin and buy produce based on product and regionality – not price and appearance.
1. Join a community garden, I am member at one in Fremantle and the knowledge you gain from talking and swapping produce is inspiring. A little investigation and exploration can uncover plenty in your local neighbourhood.
2. A little herb garden on a balcony is the way to go, as long as it gets plenty of sunlight.
3. Start at the local farmers market. Don't buy things like asparagus from Peru when it's out of season, it doesn't taste very good!