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ALMOND PORTOBELLO ((Agaricus subrufescens)) is a choice edible, with a somewhat sweet taste and fragrance of almonds. Yum. The fungus is also well known as a medicinal mushroom, for its medicinal properties, due to research which indicates it may stimulate the immune system.

Here we have the gorgeous `ōlena (turmeric) flower ((which can even be eaten as a vegetable))! ✨The leaves and root are most commonly used, medicinally and as flavoring agents. The whole plant is fantastically good for you. ✅ It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant. ???? Hawaiians call it `ōlena. In English it is known as turmeric. 

I can eat purple sweet potatoes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! And today I did just that, back to the weekday routine of full days of farm, institute, and family. It is full on here at HIP Ag, preparing for the internship, strengthening the team cohesiveness through meetings, communications, and council, plus prioritizing the list of to-do’s. Did I mention taking care of my three children too? GOOD thing I pressure cooked a pot of whole sweet potatoes last night!

I recently completed a Master Food Preserver Class, offered by UH Hilo, College of Continuing Education and Community Service (CCECS), to expand my skills and knowledge, and bring that back to my work at HIP Agriculture and the greater Kohala community.

I want to share a recipe with you that that brought me joy while cooking and that brought nourishment and pleasure to my family. Also, this recipe is great as a leftover heated up or cold on a rice cake with avocado on top.


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