Its Waterblommetjies Season in the Cape Winelands and in many homes on a Sunday like today, Waterblommetjiebredie will be made. This is a stew made of meat, usually lamb or mutton, stewed together with Waterblommetjies (literally translates to ‘small water flower’, known in English as Cape pondweed or Cape hawthorn, scientifically as Aponogeton distachyos).
They are found in dams and marshes with their buds ready to be picked in the months of July and August. The taste is an acquired one, kind of like stewed green beans with a hint of pumpkin!? This pretty Waterblommetjies had many a bug wanting to feast before the inevitable picking for the pot. (Photo by Roger Jorgensen)