Tag: strawberry guava

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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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 citizen scientists are created each day to learn more about the world and how we can contribute to understanding it.” It’s fun to be …

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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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Wild Amaranth Chimichurri – Eat Local Maui Challenge

A montage of wild amaranth helps you see the many sizes and shapes this plant can take. This was Day 23 of eating 100% local foods from the Hawaiian Islands. Part of the Eat Local Maui Challenge with Project Locavore, to strengthen our local community and food supply chains. Wild Amaranth Chimichurri Recipe: 2 cups …

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