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The scientific name for banana is musa sapientum, which means “fruit of the wise men.” Bananas float in water, as do apples and watermelons. Hawaii is the only place in the U.S. where bananas are grown commercially, although at one time they were also grown in southern California and Florida. The overwhelming majority of bananas Americans eat come from countries in Latin America and South America, including Costa Rica, Ecuador, Colombia, Honduras, Panama, and Guatemala.

Sugar Cane, Sugarcane, Kō, Saccharum officinarum: A canoe plant, Sugarcane was brought to Hawaii by Polynesian settlers as a food, medicine and tool source. In its raw form, Sugarcane is extremely healing and a beneficial source of micro and macronutrients. Full of antioxidants and active enzymes, Sugarcane provides a full-spectrum energy boost and immune enhancement. 

Also called pumpkin cherry or pitanga. An evergreen shrub 10' in height. In spring and again in fall the Surinam cherry bears small, round fruits with eight prominent ribs. These are usually red, but are best enjoyed fresh almost black. The sweet, juicy flesh is considered refreshing by some and an acquired taste by others, due to its resinous flavor. They are juicy and aromatic. Use them for making an excellent jelly also. A member of the Myrtaceae family, the plant is related to guava, jaboticaba, mountain apple, and other members of the genus Eugenia, which includes more than 30 edible species.

Passiflora edulis is a vine species of passion flower. This stunningly beautiful flower is native to the Americas where it has been used for centuries to heal bruises and cuts. Modern-day herbalists recommend it as a powerful nervine tonic to treat stress, anxiety and to help the mind prepare for a good nights rest.

STAR ⭐️ FRUIT or carambola (Averrhoa carambola*) have a high amount of Vitamin C and range in taste from pleasantly tart and sour to slightly sweet with a complicated flavor combination that includes plums, pineapples, and lemons. ???? ???? ???? 

First harvest alert!! ???????????? Salak are also known as snake fruit due to the reddish-brown scaly skin, the inside is sweeter than honey, sour like a pineapple and incredibly juicy. It is scientifically called Salacca zalacca and is native to south Sumatra and southwest Java as well as other parts of the world and belongs to the Arecaceae family. It is cultivated in other regions as a food crop, and reportedly naturalized in Bali, Lombok, Timor, Malaysia, Maluku and Sulawesi. ????????

Magic is in the soil. ✨Check out this massive awa (kava) plant grown on the land! Pure medicine, a canoe crop, a root crop. ???? Traditionally used as a social elixir, a mind and body relaxant. You can try some of our Kava Tincture at the Hawi Farmers Market tomorrow, or any Saturday from 8-1pm.

Health benefits of cocoa include relief from high blood pressure, cholesterol, obesity, constipation, diabetes, bronchial asthma, cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, and various neurodegenerative diseases. It is beneficial for quick wound healing, skin care, and it helps to improve cardiovascular and brain health. It also helps in treating copper deficiency. It possesses mood-enhancing properties and exerts protective effects against neurotoxicity.

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