Eat Their Greens

The woody vegetation that blankets the mountains and coastal slopes of the Western Cape of South Africa is known as fynbos — Afrikaans for "fine bush." The plants make up a good part of the Cape floral kingdom: the smallest, but richest by area, of the world's six floral kingdoms. Thanks to the incredible variety of fynbos, the Western Cape region is almost as botanically diverse as the entire northern hemisphere.

Since early 2005, Roberto de Carvalho, executive chef at Azure, a restaurant in Cape Town's Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, has used fynbos leaves and stems in...

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