Category: Plant Identification

Haole Koa Hui

The Haole Koa Hui formed during the past month, with weekly foraging and processing of Leucaena leucocephala, in preparation for the addition of Haole Koa in the Savage Kitchen App coming to July!! It takes moments to forage something, but hours to process in quantity. This work, of reclaiming responsibility for feeding ourselves, is so …

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Wild Spring Greens in the Tropics

If you’re getting a wee bit jealous of all the foragers in North America, Europe, and northern Asia who are harvesting dandelions right now, just remember that here in Hawai’i the cat’s ear (Hypochaeris radicata) can be used in almost all the same ways and is available year-round.  Cat’s Ear Roots, leaves, unopened flower buds, tender stems, …

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Cycles Above and Below

Happy Full Moon! Here in Hawai’i nei this is the night of one of our fullest moons, Hoku (hōkū also meaning “star”) with Mahina (moon) rising at sunset and setting at sunrise. According to the ancient Hawaiian Lunar Calendar it is an excellent time for planting, especially banana and root vegetables. “Mahina rises with the …

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Citizen Science for All Ages

What is citizen science? According to National Geographic, “Citizen science is the practice of public participation and collaboration in scientific research to increase scientific knowledge. […] New networks and communities of interested citizen scientists are created each day to learn more about the world and how we can contribute to understanding it.” It’s fun to be …

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Spring Greens of Appalachia

Happy Spring Equinox! Here’s the look of a happy forager in Appalachia… Field garlic (Allium vineale) is just humming right now in West Virginia, a welcome early spring green. Pinch me, we went so fast we burned the wind! My oldest son is flying the coup. At 17 1/2, stuck in a teenage covid lockdown nightmare, my …

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Meet a Few Wild Plant Allies

Haole Koa My white pompom flowers and thornless stems, branches, and trunk help differentiate me from other legume trees. My name is Leucaena leucocephala, you can call me Haole Koa. I also go by White Leadtree and have become known around the world by many other names. For example in Mexico they call me Guaje, …

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Announcing New Plant in Savage Kitchen App!

New plant to be featured in the Savage Kitchen App… Haole Koa (Leucaena leucocephala)!! Over 1 billion people around the planet have access to this abundance species, which is high in protein and beta-carotene, and who produces its edible seeds and leaves year-round. Snubbed by the colonizing Conquistadores, haole koa has an over 7000-year history …

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Spider Wisp (Cleome gynandra)

It’s baaaack! I’ve been seeing these plants pop up over the past month as the land drinks in the winter rains. Not to be confused with several species of Cleome spp. grown in flower gardens, the spider wisp (Cleome gynandra) is yet another example of highly nutrition wild greens and medicine considered a “weed” to …

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Wild Foods Road to Hana – Eat Local Maui Challenge

Want to learn about edible invasive species along the Road to Hana? Did you know inkberry (Ardisia elliptica) is edible? How about false awa (Piper auritum), with its edible flowers and leaves? What about the berries of Koster’s curse (Clidemia hirta)? Costus (Costus woodsonii) flowers? Honohono grass (Commelina diffusa)? Yellow butterfly ginger (Hedychium flavescens) flowers, …

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Foraged Wild Greens & Sandalwood Distillation – Eat Local Maui Challenge

Day 8 of eating 100% locally grown and raised foods from the Hawaiian Islands. This video highlights harvesting wild greens, Day of the Dead ofrenda, and includes a distillation of Hawaiian sandalwood. breakfast :: feijoa ***, coconut milk smoothie. Ali’i mushrooms, butter. Cucumber, purslane (Portulaca oleracea)***, radicchio, Maui onion, elephant garlic, Haleakalā Creamery goat skyr, …

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