Category: Plant Identification

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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Java Plum Harvest and Juice – Eat Local Maui Challenge

Day 6 of eating 100% locally grown and raised foods from the Hawaiian Islands. This video highlights harvesting a couple of wild greens and wildcrafting Java plums that are turned into juice. tea :: tulsi* brunch :: poblano peppers, cassava*, coconut milk, basil*, purslane (Portulaca oleraceae)***, wild amaranth***, sheep sorrel (Rumex acetosella)***, elephant garlic, olive …

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Opening and Processing Coconuts – Eat Local Maui Challenge

Start Day 3 of the Eat Local Maui Challenge foraging wild Chinese violet (Asystasia gangetica) greens, then learn how to open coconuts and get the rubber meat out. The coconut is made into 2 dishes, a soup and sauteed strips. The versatile coconut is a fundamental part of eating locally in Hawai’i. breakfast :: pork …

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Preparing Slippery Jack Mushrooms – Eat Local Maui Challenge

Day 2 of eating 100% local! All salt, oil, spices, veg, meat…all of it comes from the Hawaiian Islands. Learn how to prepare the slippery jack mushrooms from yesterday’s foraging on Day 2 of the Eat Local Maui Challenge. Other wild edibles covered are hill raspberries, thimbleberries, banana poka lilikoi, and cats ear greens. Breakfast …

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Foraging Slippery Jack Mushrooms On Maui – Eat Local Maui Challenge

Yesterday was the first day of the Eat Local Maui challenge and I did some foraging with my 2 sons. My local food game is strong, and I’m going 100% local foods for the month. Everyone is encouraged to join along on the challenge no matter where you are at! Doesn’t do our local farmers …

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edible Hawaiian Islands

Mahalo to Dania Katz of edibleHawaiianIslands for this fun write-up of wild greens found growing right outside her front door. As she mentions in the article, Dania invited me over to her house as she was curious if she had anything of interest growing nearby. I was happy to oblige and haven’t had the opportunity …

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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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