Category: Plant Identification

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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WorldWild Podcast Interview

worldwild podcast with sunny savage

What a delight to be in conversation with Miles Irving of the WorldWild Podcast! Take a listen (skip to minute 6 to start of our conversation) as we discuss invasive species, the uniqueness of Hawaii’s biodiversity, and our wild future ahead. Miles is the founder/owner of Forager, a phenomenal company that started selling wild vegetables …

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