FLUX video spotlight

Last year Michelle Mishina reached out about doing a piece on foraging for FLUX Magazine. I absolutely love this gorgeous publication, which is a “lifestyle magazine for the socially conscious, forward-thinking demographic that features the latest in local arts and culture, as well as the social issues that establish and perpetuate our islands’ sense of …

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Yoga Unplugged Podcast

What We Can Accomplish By Connecting To The Environment Through Wild Foods – the title to a recent podcast episode where I was interviewed by Sarah Burchard for Yoga Unplugged. Learn juicy details about wild invasive plants that are edible and all kinds of info on herbal medicine and how cultures around the globe have …

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ʻĀina Fest

Pinch me! I’m heading to Hawai’i Island for a festival I’ve wanted to attend for the past 9 years. And, I get to teach an educational workshop on wild foods while there. There are still tickets left, so whether you’re on the Big Island or traveling from somewhere else, you can check out all the …

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Is Kahili Ginger Edible?

Dehydrated kāhili ginger flowers. Although the Ginger (Zingiberaceae) Family is generally safe, info is sparse on kāhili  (Hedychium gardnerianum) as an edible. Although not expressed directly in any literature, I determined through inference and experimental practice, that yes kāhili ginger flowers, flower buds, rhizomes, and new shoots are edible in small amounts.  We know that H. gardnerianum is considered to …

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Sow Thistle Surprise

sow thistle (sonchus oleraceus) growing in iao valley

Sow thistle (Sonchus oleraceus) is a wildly nutritious green, this one found growing out of the rocks in ʻĪao Valley on Maui this week. In addition to it’s edible leaves, the flowers, flower buds, and roots can all be eaten. Green Deane’s Eat the Weeds – Sow Thistle article has wonderful details of its identification and history. …

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Foraged Fare

shell ginger edible flowers

Eating these firecracker-like flower parts of shell ginger (Alpinia zerumbet) is an enjoyable explosion of color. Eat the labella, pulling away the whitish-pink perianths, when navigating this harvest. Hawaiian colors! The kiawe (Prosopis pallida) harvest on Maui continues to be phenomenal. We now have the remnants of Hurricane Barbara heading this way as a tropical …

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How to Make Kiawe Tea

iced kiawe mesquite tea

Want a healthy recipe to make with freshly harvested kiawe (Prosopis pallida) beans? Watch the video to see how to capture this naturally sweet goodness. Kiawe tea is delicious hot, cold, or frozen. Seen here iced, blended with cat’s ear and dandelion root tea, and served with fresh coconut milk. You can also freeze kiawe …

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