Fynbos Tasting at Company Gardens
Experience a unique tasting of South Africa's ancient botanicals indigenous to the Southern tip at the delightful Company Gardens in Cape Town.
Founded and hosted by the Cape Town Heritage Trust, the Cape Town Fynbos Experience aims to share the flavours of the multi-functional fynbos in its many edible varieties.
Taking place in South Africa's oldest formal garden, the Company Gardens is the ideal spot to interact with a range of ancient botancials that are indigenous to the southern tip of Africa.
The gardens were originally established by the Dutch East India Company in 1652 to grow fruits and vegetables to supply their passing naval fleet.
Fynbos, meaning 'fine bush' in Afrikaans is comprised of over 6000 plant species that are endemic to the tip of the African continent and can be found in the Cape Floristic Region.
The Cape Floristic Region is known as the smallest but most diverse botantical biome and is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Other well-known plant species in this region include roobois and honeybush - both of which are known for their health boosting properties. There are an estimated 9000 plant species found in the region, of which about 6000 are fynbos growing in abundance.
With sustainability becoming an important consideration in farming, learning how to best use a widely available resource such as fynbos can help to contribute to decreasing the industry's environmental footprint - and best of all, its in Capetonians' back yards.
Learn more about one of the Western Cape's most multi-functional plants, with two experiences on offer at the Cape Town Fynbos Experience.
Guests are taken on a journey as they savour eight fynbos botanticals in various forms, from herbal tea infusions and sweet cordials to aromatic vinaigrettes, infused oils, edible naturals, seasoning salts and even sweet treats.
The tasting will allow guests to experience some the edible varietals of fynbos from the area and better understand the natural and thriving plant.
The experience is one and half hours in duration and costs R1200 per person. For larger groups of 10 or more a discount can be applied, and tastings must be booked by appointment.
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Guests are able to learn how to use fynbos to create ingredients for the kitchen, their health and even on their skin.
The Cape Floristic Region is home to even the lesser-known fynbos species like Rhino bush, Cancer bush, Buchu and Snow bush. During the apothecary workshop, guests are given a step-by-step tutorial on how to make their own range of items from these and other fynbos species, including fynbos tea infusions, oil-based scents, beard oil, soothing face masks, toning face mist, salt scrubs, pillow satches, relaxing soak salts and even seasoning salts.
The workshop costs R 2100 per person and is four hours in duration.
Guests are advised that children over the age of 14 are welcome to experience the fynbos tasting and apothecary workshop.
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