9. Steffies Harakeke seeds (20g) - Food Grade Certified
9. Steffies Harakeke seeds (20g) - Food Grade Certified
9. Steffies Harakeke seeds (20g) - Food Grade Certified
9. Steffies Harakeke seeds (20g) - Food Grade Certified
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9. Steffies Harakeke seeds (20g) - Food Grade Certified

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Harakeke is a New Zealand flax with wide and stiff leaves, red flowers and curving seed pods. 

The seeds are highly edible and can be sprinkled on a salad, added to a paste and a dip.  I recommend these for flavouring - to use when distilling or roasting coffee.

The benefits of harakeke is as an antiseptic for cuts, to help ease diarrhoea, to aid the healing of boils and burns.

The tui loves to feed on the nectar of the harakeke flowers in their full bloom on top of the flax stems. The tui and other birds carry the pollen from plant to plant, helping the flax to produce seeds in long pods.

Special flax plants were tended in a plantation ( harakeke) and there were traditions about when and how they could be harvested. The plant was seen as a family. The central shoot or rito was the baby and the leaves on either side of it the awhi rito or mātua (its parents). Only the leaves on the outside – the tūpuna, or grandparents – were cut, to avoid weakening the plant.

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