Tag: foraging

Chinese Violet Artichoke Dip

INTRODUCTION This is a great party dip that is so easy to make. With the mild spinach-like flavor of Chinese violet (Asystasia gangetica), this is a great introductory dish for people who might be hesitant to try eating wild foods. It doesn’t matter if the artichokes are preserved in water or oil. Want more information …

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Kāhili 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 coronarium), and Yellow Butterfly Ginger (Hedychium flavescens). All 3 are very closely related and can be used interchangeably. As the name suggests, …

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Kāhili Ginger and Turmeric Tea

INTRODUCTION The mild, floral flavor of Kāhili Ginger is the perfect complement to the spicier turmeric in this lovely tea.  Adjust the acidity and sweetness with more or less lemon and honey, as you like it. INGREDIENTS 1/2 cup Kāhili Ginger rhizome, sliced 1/2 cup turmeric, sliced 2 tablespoons honey 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 …

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Kāhili Ginger powder

INTRODUCTION We dehydrate Kahili Ginger rhizome and then grind the dried plant matter into powder. This ginger powder is a super versatile addition to your spice cupboard – use it in drinks, baked goods, teas, and as a replacement for culinary ginger powder in any recipe. INGREDIENTS Kahili Ginger rhizome STEP 1 Clean and peel …

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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 Needles, as Bidens pilosa and Bidens alba are so similarly related that they can be used interchangeably …

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Java Plum Juice

INTRODUCTION The dark purple fruits of the Java Plum yield a gorgeous magenta juice. Some people enjoy this juice as-is, although others find it too astringent. No matter how you use it, it’s a wonderful burst of wild nutrition and vivid color. INGREDIENTS Java Plum fruit Water Nut milk bags or a fine-mesh strainer STEP …

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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 or pickleweed. B. maritima was accidentally introduced, and first collected on Sand Island in Hawai’i in 1859. …

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Chinese Violet (Asystasia gangetica) Edible Greens

Tolerating moist conditions and a variety of soil types, Chinese violet (Asystasia gangetica) is an almost vine-like weed ubiquitous to both wild spaces and gardens throughout Hawai’i. Brought to the Hawaiian Islands in 1925 as an ornamental, this African native is now considered a serious invader in Asia, the Caribbean, Australia and Oceania. These highly …

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Introducing a new Foraging Field Assistant

  It’s with great pleasure that I introduce Maile Risch, the new Foraging Field Assistant at Savage Kitchen. We’ll be together on Thursday’s and Friday’s to continue the work of creating high quality wild food educational materials. Foraging, recipe creation, and online digital content are the main focus of our work together.    I’ll let …

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How to Make the Best Kiawe Tea!

how to make kiawe tae

Of all the wild foods I have ever introduced people to, kiawe tea is by far the all-around favorite. No one can believe the sweetness is all natural, only coming from the beans of kiawe (Prosopis pallida), with nothing else added. So, I taught a couple of classes recently and you can access the recording …

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