Tag Archive for: invasive species

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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…
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Chinese Violet Spanakopita

INTRODUCTION Crispy, flaky, buttery phyllo dough always seems to be a crowd pleaser. These are special occasion feast food at my house, due to the time they take to make, but always so loved and appreciated. The mild flavor of Chinese violet…
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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…

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…
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Protected: Green Pod Salad

INTRODUCTION Such a fantastic use of the flexible green pods of haole koa, the ones which don't form large green seeds! This recipe inspiration comes from Food Foodz --> watch here. You can of course cut the pods into different shapes,…
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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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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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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…
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How to Make the Best Kiawe Tea!

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…
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Cycles Above and Below

Happy Full Moon! Here in Hawai'i nei this is the night of one of our fullest moons, Hoku (hōkū also meaning "star") with Mahina (moon) rising at sunset and setting at sunrise. According to the ancient Hawaiian Lunar Calendar it is an…
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Citizen Science for All Ages

What is citizen science? According to National Geographic, "Citizen science is the practice of public participation and collaboration in scientific research to increase scientific knowledge. [...] New networks and communities of interested…