We are a group of 10 4-Hers who are really getting into Eat Local month. Last week, to investigate local food sources, we went on a tour of Evening Rain Farm, the permaculture farm next door to our clubhouse. It was a beautiful afternoon, and the jungle trails revealed plant after plant which could be used as food!
For spices, we got to see and taste cinnamon, cardamon, cloves, lemon grass, allspice, curry plant, pepperoni plant, and black pepper. For fruits we found lilikoi, vi apple, champadek, key lime, pickle fruit, and jaboticaba. For greens, we tried edible hibiscus, chaya, and katuk. There were plenty of other edibles, too, from turmeric and ginger to flowers and malabar chestnuts.
All of these plants grow in the lowland rainforest of Hawai`i and could probably be grown in most neighborhoods. We're figuring which of them we'll use in our menus for Eat Local week, the last week of September, when we've committed to meet 3 times for 100% local lunches.
We'll keep you posted how it goes. Meanwhile, enjoy the attached video of the tour of Evening Rain Farm.
Aloha, Kanoa, Dylan, Gabriel, Wai`ele, Ilianthi, Cassidy, Palone, Alekei, Quinn
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