For future residents of ‘A‘ali‘i, there is a lot of excitement for the new flagship Whole Foods Market located on the ground floor of Ae‘o, next door. While Whole Foods is a world leader in natural and organic foods, locally, the flagship means more choices for homegrown, sustainable foods that we can conveniently integrate into our daily lives. Here are a few locally grown, fresh foods to add to your shopping list on your next trip to the market.
Okinawan Sweet Potatoes
You’ve probably heard the term “superfood.” This refers to foods that are densely packed with vitamins, minerals and nutrients. Popular superfoods include acai berry, blueberries, quinoa and kale. But a local staple superfood that was introduced to Hawaii by Polynesian voyagers is the purple sweet potato, often called the Okinawan sweet potato, Hawaiian sweet potato or ‘uala. The Okinawan sweet potato is packed with fiber, potassium and antioxidants. It may also be one of the reasons why Okinawa has the highest life expectancy in the world.
A new wave of farming entrepreneurs are currently mixing technology, know-how and hard work to build a more sustainable Hawai‘i. From glacier lettuce to lū‘au leaf, local farms are producing a bounty of fresh, local greens. Whether grown at a traditional farm, an aquaponics farm or an aeroponic farm, these greens provide a healthy and sustainable alternative to packaged salads shipped more than 3,000 miles from home.
For over a thousand years, poi, made from kalo (taro), has been a staple of the Hawaiian diet. While poi consumption declined after western contact, in recent years, more and more kalo farmers have returned to the land, restoring ponds and ramping up production to meet an increasing demand. Kalo is actually full of health benefits: high in fiber, vitamin E, magnesium and potassium. Poi is also a probiotic with friendly bacteria for your stomach. Kalo and poi provide a locally grown, healthy, sustainable food that also connects Native Hawaiians back to their origins, their land and their roots.
For centuries, limu or edible seaweed, has been a part of the Hawaiian diet. Seaweed is also a big part of Asian diets in the form of nori and kombu. Limu is incredibly nutritious, packed with vitamin A, B-6, C and fiber. Plus, it’s a must on your order of fresh poke.
You don’t think of honey as being nutritious or made locally, but in fact it’s both. Fresh, unpasteurized, honey contains phytonutrients that have antibacterial and antiviral properties, often used to ease coughs and colds. And from Mānoa to Kamuela, local honey producers are harvesting pure, organic honey to soothe the people of Hawai‘i.
Our top restaurant picks from Ward Village and Honolulu.
Experience the creative energy and distinct character of Ward Village’s shops, local products and outdoor markets.
We’ve taken the stress and cost out of moving by completely outfitting your home before you even walk in the door. Our team of interior specialists consider every detail and luxury as they craft the special place you’ll call home.
This is not intended to be an offer to sell in any jurisdiction where prohibited by law. Ward Village is a proposed master planned development in Honolulu, Hawaii that does not yet exist. The Developer makes no guarantee, representation or warranty whatsoever that the developments, facilities or improvements depicted will ultimately appear as shown. Exclusive Project Broker Ward Village Properties, LLC. and Locations, LLC. Copyright 2018. Equal Housing Opportunity
Notice to New York Residents - The developer of Ward Village and its principals are not incorporated in, located in, or resident in the state of New York. No offering is being made in or directed to any person or entity in the state of New York or to New York residents by or on behalf of the developer/offeror or anyone acting with the developer/offeror's knowledge. No such offering, or purchase or sale of real estate by or to residents of the state of New York, shall take place until all registration and filing requirements under the Martin Act and the Attorney General's regulations are complied with, a written exemption is obtained pursuant to an application is granted pursuant to and in accordance with Cooperative Policy Statements #1 or #7, or a "NO-ACTION" request is granted