Farmers defying dryland salinity crisis with salt-tolerant vegetables in Western Australia.
In a New York-style deli in Western Australia unique, garlic-infused greens are being tossed in a pan, about to be paired with emu meat.
But the sodium-rich foliage isn't from an ordinary garden.
It's grown in farming wasteland.
Halophytes are edible plants that grow in salty water.
They're one of the only products that can survive the salinity crisis plaguing farms across the globe.
Now, one West Australian farm is growing the plants commercially and supplying them to some of the top restaurants in the country.
The owners believe there is room for the produce to be used as an alternative to green vegetables, and say it could be a way for other farmers to repurpose agricultural wasteland.Continue Reading