Trend Number 3, from our top 16 trends for 2013 (featured in ELLE DECO Trends Issue No. 88) is the seemingly insatiable interest in plants, food foraging and a buying produce locally.  We want to live with more plants inside, and we want to find new ways to display them and include them in decorating.

We admire how stylist Dietlind Wolf works with greenery and food. On page 14 of our Trends Issue we featured one of Dietlind’s images of the monstera fruit which grows close to her home. Have a look at the beautiful photo essay on the monstera fruit, featured on Dietlind’s blog. [All images shown here are via Dietlind Wolf’s blog – copyright via Dietlind.) 

About food foraging in South Africa:

According to the Slowvelder blog, January is the time for foragers to be watching the sky for the annual fall of marula fruit.

‘One of the most productive plants in our area is the marula tree.  I wrote about it some time back so if you want to learn more about the tree click here.  It is currently marula season.  We have about 6 of these trees in the immediate vicinity of our cottages, with two hanging their boughs right over the swimming pool.  The fruit drop out of the trees just before they are ripe and ripen on the ground.  Currently amidst the beautiful sounds of birds chirping and crickets cricking you hear the plop………….plop………….plop of marulas falling to the ground.  An occasional loud GLUG as one falls directly into the pool, and quite a few  thunk……drrrr……plooop of  fruit falling onto the patio and rolling into the pool.  At night we jump awake when they hit something hard when they fall (like our water tank for instance.)  I have read that each tree can produce more than a ton of fruit per season!  Thank goodness ours seem to have much less fruit than that.  I would be drowning in 6 tons of marula fruit by now. As it is, we struggle to keep up with collecting all the fruit that fall.’

Slowvelder tells us the fruit has 4 times more Vitamin C than an orange, and there’s a multitude of ways to use it:

  • Fresh fruit
  • Jams and jelly
  • Beer and wine
  • Fruit juice
  • Seed oil for cooking (very similar to olive oil properties), preserving and cosmetic use.
  • Seed kernels for eating and cooking – high protein and healthy oils. (African substitute for pine nuts)
  • Kernels can even be used as a light source. They burn like candles.

Styling, images and copyright: Dietlind Wolf – follow her blog here.