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Technique - Shredding Phormium Leaves
by Beryl Watson
Preparing Phormium leaves
It is recommended not to pick Phormium leaves on a rainy day. The best time of day to pick is when the moisture has evaporated from the surface of the leaves.
Remove the centre spine and the outside edges.
Coarse and fine pinholder/kenzan
or dog comb
Shredding through Pinholder/Kenzan
Press the leaves onto the coarse pinholder/kenzan and draw through. Repeat, then move to the finer pinholder/kenzan until desired thickness of shredding is obtained.
Shredding using a Dog Comb
To use a dog comb, press the leaf onto the teeth of the comb and draw to the end. Repeat until desired thickness of shredding is obtained
Note: It is essential to wash your hands after shredding. Return excess leaves to the ground under the Phormium bush.