EXPERIENCE THE GREATEST GARDEN ON EARTH

  • BAKE WITH FYNBOS

  • As seen on The Taste Master SA SABC 2
  • FYNBOS PANTRY

  • fynbos FLAVOURS at your fingertips
  • MIXOLOGY

  • Make Cocktail Infusions
  • FYNBOS TASTING

  • THURSDAYS IN WELLINGTON
  • BATHING APOTHECARY

  • nourishing fynbos BOTANICALS
  • TEA MIXOLOGY

  • fragrant fynbos BOUQUETS

BAKE WITH FYNBOS

As seen on The Taste Master SA SABC 2 BAKER'S PANTRY

FYNBOS PANTRY

fynbos FLAVOURS at your fingertips SHOP

MIXOLOGY

Make Cocktail Infusions SHOP

FYNBOS TASTING

THURSDAYS IN WELLINGTON LEARN MORE

BATHING APOTHECARY

nourishing fynbos BOTANICALS SHOP

TEA MIXOLOGY

fragrant fynbos BOUQUETS SHOP

THE GREATEST GARDEN ON EARTH

"The wildflower biome at the southern tip of Africa is the greatest natural garden on earth, not only because of its unsurpassed floral diversity, breathtaking scenery and novel flavours that the world is only now discovering, but also because it holds the 'seeds' of human consciousness. Unearthed in Cape coastal caves is some of the world's earliest evidence of human creativity and abstract thought dating back 164 000 years. Fynbos vegetation already covered the landscape at the time of the emergence of this consciousness in homo sapiens, 'sapiens' meaning wisdom. By experiencing the ancient flavours of Fynbos today, it could be said that we reach into the depths of our origins and sense the first flowering of symbolic thought, the cornerstone of consciousness."

Giselle Courtney

The South African Fynbos® range of indigenous gourmet herbs is a world first, leading a global flavour evolution and defining a distinctive South African culinary identity with botanicals unique to the Cape Floristic Region.

The Cape Town Fynbos Experience® is a guided tasting of this ancient ‘flavour trail’, a sensory connection to modern human origins.

fynbos FARM

Our Fynbos farm in the Cape Winelands is a microcosm of this Cape Floristic Region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site spanning 90 000 square kilometers from Port Elizabeth in the southeast to the top of the Vanrhynsdorp plateau in the southwest. We're all about capturing the natural flavours and scents of a selection of the 7000 botanicals that comprise the Fynbos biome. This private estate is the home of the Cape Town Fynbos Experience® and the South African Fynbos® culinary, lifestyle and gifting range.

fynbos FOODIE

Become an instant Fynbos Foodie with South Africa's first range of indigenous herbs and seasonings, novel flavours found only at the southern tip of Africa.

fynbos FLAVOUR WHEEL

Our in-house Flavour Wheel is a pioneering guide for meal pairing ideas that sensationalise everyday dishes with uniquely South African flavours.

fynbos EXPERIENCES

We love to share our knowledge of Fynbos flavours in the form of a guided tasting and MASTERCLASS called the Cape Town Fynbos Experience® at our farm on the slopes of the impressive Hawequas Mountains, Wellington (75km from central Cape Town). Thursdays 10h00-14h30.

"A sensory immersion that takes you on an ancient flavour trail beyond the constraints of time to a mixology of veld and flower, awakening the inner explorer."

We also love to share why the Fynbos biome is THE GREATEST GARDEN ON EARTH in the form of curated tours and talks.

fynbos GIFTING

The widest selection of Fynbos gifts delivered anywhere in South Africa. Celebrate the flavours of South Africa with a Fynbos Foodie Tasting/Kitchen Kit and link to our online Tasting Guide.

fynbos DECOR

Bring the outside in with our signature Fynbos images on tableware and homeware.

fynbos STOCKISTS

Enjoy our store and please also support our amazing stockists.

Stockists – South African Fynbos

fynbos ON TV

Episode 9 | The Taste Master SA | The Fine Dining Fynbos Challenge - YouTube

COOK WITH SOUTH AFRICA'S INDIGENOUS FLAVOURS

Become an instant Fynbos Foodie using the extraordinary flavours from the celebrated Fynbos biome at the southern tip of Africa.

SHOP

FROM OUR KITCHEN TO YOURS

FYNBOS MENU IDEAS

FYNBOS TASTING MASTERCLASS

AN ANCIENT FLAVOUR 'TRAIL'

A tasting of South Africa's novel culinary identity from the greatest garden on earth, a sensory connection to modern human origins.

Immerse yourself in all things Fynbos at a guided tasting with Giselle Courtney overlooking the Cape Winelands valley of Wellington.

Explore South Africa's ancient, indigenous edibles and learn how to pair Fynbos flavours with everyday meals to create unique flavour sensations from the southern tip of Africa. Also explore the natural health benefits of edible Fynbos.

PROGRAMME 10h00-14h30

Fynbos Tasting of eleven botanical naturals and infusions, a light tapas-style lunch seasoned by you with the South African Fynbos® range of herbs, seasonings and infusions followed by a scenic guided Fynbos walk on the farm.

BOOKINGS

By appointment - 066 2255722 or info@southafricanfynbos.com

R1 495 per person

We welcome private groups on alternative dates: min 6 people, max 32

EVERY THURSDAY IN OUR BOTANICAL CELLAR

25 July - availability

1 August - availability

7 August - availability Women's Day event

15 August - fully booked

22 August - availability

29 August - fully booked

We look forward to welcoming you.

Testimonials

FYNBOS TASTING MASTERCLASS

Giselle intertwines the flow of botanical and traditional information with tasty and tactile encounters. It's a sophisticated, detailed and highly engaging sensorial experience..

JARED RUTTENBERG - Jared in Cape Town

FLAVOURS SO FYN

Botanical infusions and edible flowers are reviving the modern taste experience. Giselle Courtney is the effusive champion behind the Cape Town Fynbos Experience and sharing uniquely South African tastes.

GETAWAY MAGAZINE February 2021

FYN AND FORTUNE

Giselle Courtney's Fynbos Experience is our hot new pick on the Cape floral calendar, offering fynbos tastings and apothecary workshops steeped in a wealth of knowledge about the Cape's rich botanical heritage.

CONDÉ NAST House&Garden April 2019

EXPLORING THE FYNBOS EXPERIENCE

Giselle Courtney spent the greater part of her childhood in Camps Bay exploring the slopes of Table Mountain and developing a deeply rooted relationship with the Cape's natural wonders. Her mission is to share the natural heritage of Fynbos with the the world.

THE INSIDER SA - SABC 2020

CAPE TOWN FYNBOS EXPERIENCE®

We are happy to provide you with the results of the feedback survey from the Dutch group we hosted in October 2018. You have scored an impressive average of 4.7 out of 5.

CAPE TOWN TOURISM

KNOW YOUR EDIBLE FYNBOS

HONEYBUSH - Cyclopia species

Honeybush is a sweet herb adding a delicate honey-blossom flavour to sticky marinades, onion soup, casseroles, butternut and sweet-potato wedges, sago pudding, milk-tart and cup-cake icing. Toast lightly and sprinkle over oven-roasted veggies.

PRODUCTS

ROOIBOS - Aspalathus linearis

Rooibos herbs are fruity with notes of caramel and rosehip. Pair with caramelised onions, cherry tomato sauce, sweet potato mash, roasted butternut, gruyere omelette, breakfast eggs, crispy chicken, tomato-bredie and add Rooibos salt to olive oil splashed vanilla ice-cream.

PRODUCTS

BUCHU - Agathosma betulina

Buchu is the most sensational of all the Fynbos herbs, transforming everyday flavours into mouth-watering experiences. Pair with seared picanha, braaied line-fish, tray-baked chicken, lamb shank, flambéed chicken livers, salmon sushi and tomato salsa.

PRODUCTS

KNOW YOUR EDIBLE FYNBOS

RHINO BUSH - Dicerothamnus rhinocerotis

Rhinobush is piney adding a delicate resinous flavour to grilled rib-eye, Karoo lamb, picanha and pork kebabs. Add to wok-seared chilli-garlic cabbage, grilled mushrooms, arancini, risotto, bitterballen and croque monsieurs. The delicate piney resin melts into seared food.

PRODUCTS

SNOW BUSH - Eriocephalus africanus

Woody Snow bush has a wild rosemary flavour with a hint of pepper and adds incredible depth of flavour to a creamy mushroom sauce, Karoo lamb meatballs, tzatziki, confit garlic potatoes, puy lentil salad, yoghurt carrot salad, beef carpaccio, prawn orzo and feta  focaccia.

PRODUCTS

CANCER BUSH - Lessertia frutescence

Cancer bush is a bitter herb with a hint of stevia-like sweetness and notes of pea. It is ideal for adding depth to vegetable dishes like grilled baby marrow, Rösti and smoky bacon-green-bean salad. Use sparingly as the herb is really bitter, but it's great for experimental cooking.

PRODUCTS

KNOW YOUR EDIBLE FYNBOS

ROSE PELARGONIUM - Pelargonium capitatum

Irresistible Rose pelargonium is intensely fragrant and adds a distinctive spicy rose flavour to syrupy koeksisters, sticky malva pudding, scones and clotted cream, Moroccan rice, nutty buckwheat salad, rose marmalade and strawberry ice-cream.

PRODUCTS

MINT PELARGONIUM - Pelargonium tomentosum

Cooling Mint pelargonium adds a minty-geranium vibrancy to zucchini fritters, lentil-feta salad, cucumber ribbons, bulgur mushroom salad, goat’s cheese couscous, pear and walnut salad, cream cheese brioche, cocktail rissoles and white chocolate truffles.

PRODUCTS

CAPE MOUNTAIN SAGE - Salvia chamelaeagnea

Cape Mountain Sage is herbaceous with strong notes of sage. It pairs well with lemon-butter kingklip, creamy walnut tagliatelle, grilled haloumi burger, butternut lasagne, onion lentil loaf, brandy infused chicken liver pâté, ground pork stuffing and blue cheese gnocchi.

PRODUCTS