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ʻOpiuma (Pithecellobium dulce)

'Opiuma is in season, going strong, and will continue to be in season for the coming couple of months! This invasive species is typically found in our dryland areas of Hawai'i but, as many areas that are typically more wet become more dry, the…
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Why Only 6 Plants?

Have you ever taken a college botany course? If not, it’s typical to be expected to learn 100 plants in a semester. How many of those do you think you would remember? Maybe 6, if youʻre lucky? Basically, people always want more but…
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Strawberry Guava (Psidium cattleianum)

Strawberry Guava originates from southeastern Brazil and northeastern Uruguay. It is labeled as the most problematic invasive species in Hawai'i, with over 350,000 acres occupied. Known as waiawī in Hawaiian, the fruits are prized for their…
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Wild Amaranth (Amaranthus spinosus)

Now growing from 30°N to 30°S around the globe, Wild Amaranth (Amaranthus spinosus) originates from the lowland parts of tropical Central and South America. It is a highly valued food, and some of its medicinal benefits are as an anti-inflammatory…
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Haole koa (Leucaena leucocephala)

Haole Koa is native to southern Mexico, Central America, and northern South America. It is an aggressive colonizer and nearly everyone living in Hawaiʻi has Haole Koa growing nearby, as well as many people living in tropical and subtropical…
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Butterfly Ginger (Hedychium gardnerianum, Hedychium coronarium and Hedychium flavescens)

Butterfly Ginger originates from the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas. Here at Savage Kitchen we use one name “Butterfly Ginger” to describe 3 different plants: Kāhili Ginger (Hedychium gardnerianum), White Butterfly Ginger (Hedychium…
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Spanish Needles (Bidens pilosa and Bidens alba)

Spanish Needles is native to the tropical and subtropical Americas. It can now be found in tropical and subtropical locations around the globe, even extending into temperate regions. Botanists go back and forth on how to classify Spanish…
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Java Plum (Syzygium cumini)

  Java Plum originates from the Indian subcontinent and South Asia. Known as the "Fruit of the Gods" to Buddhists, Hindus and Jains, they are prized for their rich purple magenta color and considered a sacred tree. Syzygium cumini…
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Pickleweed (Batis maritima) – Edible Coastal Vegetable

Pickleweed (Batis maritima), also called ʻākulikuli kai in Hawai'i, is a succulent creeping shrub within the Bataceae family. It is native to tropical and subtropical America as well as the Galapagos Islands, and is commonly known as saltwort…
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Where, When and How to Forage Pickleweed (Batis maritima)

Aloha! Did you know that there is an abundance of pickleweed (Batis maritima) at all times of the year in Hawai'i that is begging you (or at least I am LOL) to forage. You can add to many of your staple meals for a nice salty punch! The leaves,…
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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…
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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…