Tag: invasive species hawaii

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 taste and powerful antioxidants. The leaves are also rich in aromatic compounds, making this plant potent as an anti-inflammatory …

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Strawberry Guava Juice

INTRODUCTION When we forage Strawberry Guava, we know we need to use them within 24 hours or risk losing some of the fruit. We eat a lot fresh, freeze some, and use what’s left in recipes. We like to sort them into “grades” – the Grade A fruit is usually used for Strawberry Guava Shrub. …

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What is an Invasive Species?

Many species now travel around the world on boats, airplanes, and cars, but there are some non-native species that arrive in their new locations, either intentionally or unintentionally, and then behave in a way that is defined as causing harm to the environment, economy, or agriculture. They usually produce lots of seeds/reproductive material, don’t have …

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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 locations around the globe. Leucaena leucocephala is its scientific name, and it is also known as …

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How to Haole Koa Flower Buds

INTRODUCTION Watch THIS VIDEO for a visual tutorial on harvesting and water soaking haole koa flower buds. STEP 1 Harvest unopened flower buds. There should be no small white flowers opening, or that look like they will open. STEP 2 Rinse them. STEP 3 Put into a bowl or container of some kind with water. STEP 4 …

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How to Process Flexible Green Pods

INTRODUCTION Learn all the tips and tricks by watching this video on harvesting and water soaking haole koa green pods. INGREDIENTS flexible green haole koa pods with small seeds water STEP 1 Harvest the thin, flexible pods of haole koa that have small seeds inside. STEP 2 Rinse them. STEP 3 Take a scissors and cut off …

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