What is Waterblommetjies in English

It feels like forever since my last post. It must be the weather in Cape Town keeping me from doing anything other than watching movies under a cozy blanket. This winter has been really cold and stormy. Weather like this calls for hearty stews, and believe me I've made a few.

The first one I want to share with you is a traditional Capetonian stew, Waterblommetjie stew. This is also known as Cape pond weed, the fresh flowers produced has been used for centuries to heal wounds, so the sunburn and sprains by the San people. These flowers also make a delicious stew.


Each family has their own tips and tricks for the best stew, and ours are no different. First start of by properly cleaning the flowers. I usually let it soak in warm salt water for 30 minutes before I rinse and make sure all the flowers are clean. Now we can start cooking.

Waterblommetjie stew

Waterblommetjie Stew


  • 500g Fresh Waterblommetjies
  • 250g Pork Rashers cut in pieces
  • 1 large onion cut into chunks
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons of vinegar
  • 250ml chicken stick
  • 1 teaspoon of gravy powder


1. Start by browning the onion and pork in a large casserole.

2. When the meat is nice and golden add the chicken stock.

3. Add the juice of one lemon and 2 tablespoons of vinegar, stir well.

4. Add the cleaned water blooms.

5. Put the lid on and let it simmer away for about 15 minutes.

6. Now remove the lid and let some of the juices evaporate.

7. Add 1 teaspoon of gravy powder and mix well.

8. Cook for another 5 minutes on high.

9. Add salt and pepper to taste.

You can also add some potato to your stew.

I hope you will try this recipe. Serve with rice and enjoy!