Discovering delicious surprises: My day at the South African Fynbos Experience®

By Milou Staub

by Tia

Images to be credited: SOUTH AFRICAN FYNBOS

Walking into the Cape Town Fynbos Experience® MASTERCLASS felt like stepping into a magical world where flavours and scents tell ancient stories. Led by Giselle Courtney, who is passionate about Fynbos, we went on a journey to learn about South Africa’s special plants and how they’re connected to our past.

Giselle told us that the Fynbos biome, where these plants grow, is exceptional because it’s been around for ages and has a large number of  unique flavours. She even said it’s where humans first started thinking creatively! That blew my mind. The Cape Town Fynbos Experience® lets you taste these ancient flavours and feel connected to where humans first began. Giselle’s farm in the Cape Winelands is like a mini version of this special place and is focused on sharing its unique tastes and smells with you.

During the class, we got to try all kinds of amazing products made from these special plants, like teas and vinegars. Each sip was like a trip back in time, imagining what it was like for people long ago. But what I loved most was getting to play around with the flavours in our own lunch. We mixed and matched herbs and spices to make our own tasty dishes.

By the end of the day, I felt like I’d learned so much: the wildflower biome at the bottom of Africa is like the best natural garden ever. It’s got so many different flowers, amazing views, and flavours you won’t find anywhere else. So, whether you’re into trying new foods, looking for gifts, or just want to learn something new, there’s plenty to explore! And the best part? I got to take home some of the plants we tasted, along with a guide to help me cook with them. It was a day full of surprises and delicious discoveries, and I’m so glad I got to be a part of it.

Intrigued to learn more about the Fynbos Shop and its captivating offerings? Click to delve deeper into the sensory delights and rich cultural heritage of South Africa’s remarkable Fynbos plants.

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