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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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Maui Eat Local Challenge 2023

Hard to believe it's been 10 years that I've participated in the Maui Eat Local Challenge. I remember when we started there was no locally available olive oil, cultivated gourmet mushrooms, cashews, skyr, or black pepper. A few people on the…
Maui Wellness Center

Savage Farms Wellness Center

In response to the August 8th, 2023 fires that devastated Maui, I opened a wellness center that is free for those directly displaced from their lives in Lahaina or who are on the front lines as emergency responders. Savage Farms Wellness…
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Kahili Ginger Lavender Shortbread Cookies

INTRODUCTION We're grateful to Kyra Bramble, owner and chef at More Pleaze  for this recipe!  Here's what she says about these delicious cookies, "Although not a wild invasive, lavender grows well on the higher elevations of the Hawaiian…
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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…
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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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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…
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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…
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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 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…
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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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Chinese Violet (Asystasia gangetica) Edible Greens

Boiled Chinese violet (Asystasia gangetica) greens. Photo by Sunny Savage 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…