Tag: Psidium cattleianum

Why Only 6 Plants?

Have you ever taken a college botany course? If not, it’s typical to be expected to learn 100 plants in a semester. How many of those do you think you would remember? Maybe 6, if youʻre lucky? Basically, people always want more but don’t have the bandwidth to remember much. It speaks to the way …

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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 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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Strawberry Guava Shrub

INTRODUCTION Shrub is a syrup made from fruit and preserved with vinegar.  It’s refreshing mixed with water or in a cocktail and it brightens dressings, sauces, and marinades. INGREDIENTS Strawberry Guava fruit sugar apple cider vinegar STEP 1 Weigh the fruit.  For every one pound of fruit, use 3/4 cup of sugar and 3/4 cup  …

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Cassava Brunch & Pumpkin Soup – Eat Local Maui Challenge

Ok, halfway through this challenge! EAT LOCAL MAUI 2021 Challenge was held from September 12-18 Day 3 Brunch Cassava from my garden, boiled and then baked in Olinda Orchard olive oil with lots of garlic powder from Kupa`a Farms, rosemary from my garden, thyme from Oko’a Farms, Greenwell Farms black pepper, and foraged ‘pink peppercorns’ (Schinus …

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Solutions to Invasive Species

It’s both National Invasive Species Awareness Week and the final week of Hawai’i Invasive Species Awareness Month. The Hawaiian Legislature determined invasive species are the #1 threat to the health, economy, environment, and lifeways of people n Hawai’i. So let’s talk solutions! Foraging has become trendy, it’s tapping into the collective unconscious desire for people …

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Strawberry Guava Popsicles

Strawberry guava popsicles, it’s a thing! Did you know strawberry guavas are rich in phenolic compounds? Being so high in antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti microbial activity that they could be marketed as a “functional food” commercially. When we forage Strawberry Guava, we know we need to them within 24 hours or risk losing some of …

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Love your Wild

Some people put a feather in their cap, but me a Java Plum leaf. Why? Because these invasive habitat-modifying trees are here, especially in our riparian environments. I pick and eat as many of the fruits as I possibly can, preventing further seed dispersal, and use the leaves to flavor my water and control blood …

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Savage Kitchen App Press Kit

Press Release MAUI FORAGER SUNNY SAVAGE LAUNCHES SMARTPHONE APP THAT EMPOWERS COMMUNITIES TO IDENTIFY, HARVEST, AND PREPARE WILD FOOD PLANTS The Savage Kitchen app uses GPS and crowd-sourced citizen science to link people worldwide with the edible wild foods available in their own backyards. Wailuku, HI, March 26–Internationally recognized wild food forager and author Sunny …

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Making our Invasive Species Taste Delicious

Do you get enough greens in your diet? Wild Mess ‘o Greens bowls include Spanish needle (Bidens pilosa) and spiny amaranth greens (Amaranthus spinosus), and are an antioxidant boost of slow cooked nutrient dense wild greens. With a dollop of green ulu artichoke sauce and a crumble of roasted macadamia nut, kukui nut (Aleurites moluccana), …

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