Recipe - Sweet Horopito Sauce - Johanna Knox

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Food as Medicine - Lee Holmes

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What is Diatomaceous Earth? Is it organic?

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Facts about Horopito medicinal properties

Horopito was historically bruised leaves where soaked in water and the decoction used to treat a Maori skin rash known as paipai.

The sap was known as a healing aid for gonorrhoea and skin eruptions.

For stomach ache a decoction of the boiled leaves was drunk.

Early settlers called this plant “Maori Pain Killer.

Known as “Bushman’s Pain Killer”. The leaves were chewed for toothache, and women rubbed them on their breasts when weaning their infants.

The inner bark, steeped in hot water, and applied to burns while still warm was reputed to leave no scars.

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Seafood Jambayla with Horopito & Kawakawa



  • 500g assorted seafood (your choice).
  • 16 fresh mussels.
  • 2 cups of long grain rice.
  • 900 gm peeled tomatoes (tinned is fine).
  • 1 large chopped onion.
  • 1 good sized carrot (grated).
  • 1 teaspsoon of horopito powder
  • 1 tablespoon of avocado oil (or substitute)
  • Sprinkle of kawakawa powder.
  • 4 Pikopiko (fiddleheads) salad shoots (optional)
  • 2 cloves of garlic or teaspoon of crushed garlic.


Place rice in a large pot cover with cold water

Add horopito, avocado oil and mix thoroughly.

Cook for desired time (depending on your type of rice)

In a separate pan - sauté onion, garlic and carrot until tender.

Add tinned tomato.

Bring to boil and place on low element with lid on for 1 hour.

Once rice is cooked lightly sauté seafood in oil.

Cook seafood in your desired way (bbq, oven, fry, bake)

Lightly mix seafood into salsa.

Place the hot rice in a lightly oiled ramekin dish.

Place the tomato and seafood in a soup bowl.


Lightly sauté Pikopiko shoots and cooked mussels in the shell. Finish with a light sprinkle of Kawakawa powder. 

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Kawakawa’s stimulating and rejuvenating properties made a good tonic.

Prepared by Denise Peck For the Herb Federation of New Zealand’s Herb Awareness Week

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Hearty Lamb & Horopito Goulash by Nicola Galloway

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Nicola Galloway Horopito Recipe

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FAQ's about Diatomaceous Earth


What is Love Your Gut Powder made from?

Love Your Gut Powder is organic Diatomaceous Earth – also known as Fossil Shell Flour (Amorphous Silica). Love Your Gut Powder is food-grade, meeting the strict criteria of Food Standards Australia & New Zealand.

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Kawakawa Native Tea - Recipes & Ideas

Article edited from Hope Pearce is a New Zealand based Registered Naturopath who founded and was the principal Naturopath at Purely Health, a busy natural health clinic based in central Auckland for 5 years. Hope has worked in the natural health industry for 11 years. She has with many clients who had digestive disorders, hormone & auto immune disorders, food intolerances and food allergies. Hope created Love Food Nourish so she could share her love of cooking and nutrition and to provide inspiration for people looking for gluten free and allergy friendly recipes.

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Kawakawa - what your need to know

This is an edited version of a media piece by Jane Wrigglesworth.

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