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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How Not to Kill Yourself Foraging

how not to kill yourself foraging free guide

Release of FREE Guide on Plant Identification Aloha, Today is the release of an offering I’ve been so excited to share. A great compliment to my book Wild Food Plants of Hawai’i, this project gave me the opportunity to provide more detailed information on plant identification and a resource list for digging deeper. Visit our …

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Eating Edible Invasive Species

100% local food in Hawaii

Welcome to Savage Kitchen! In March of 2017 I ran a successful Kickstarter Campaign to help fund this project educating about edible invasive species. Savage Kitchen started out as a food truck where I served 100% organic foods (90% locally sourced) and where wildcrafted invasives were in each item on the menu.  You can see …

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Kahili Ginger Cooking Classes

I’ll be doing 2 wild food cooking classes this week! Join me in Wailuku, either on Thursday from 6-8pm or Saturday from 3-5 for a glimpse into preparing kahili ginger (Hedychium gardnerianum) gari pickle. If you love sushi ginger, you’re going to love this! Creative and delicious ways to use our invasive species. Please RSVP …

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