Hawaiian Food- Islands of abundance in pre-European contact


First of all, my thoughts go to all wildfire victims, the world over. It seems that Europe and North America are burning all summer with no end in sight. It is heartbreaking to watch it on the news in real time. The deadly wildfires wept through Hawaii recently, and even though I had this episode researched and recorded for a few months, I kept thinking about the release last week, since the catastrophic wildfires in Maui swept through a whole town. I was in two mind releasing it but in the end the rich, beautiful gastronomic history and myths of these islands needed to be told and appreciated by as many people as possible.

Hawaiian Pineapple: Sliced, Crushed or Grated. “Picked ripe, canned right”The kindly sun of the tropics, tempered by the trade winds of the pacific; the gentle rain that brings bloom and fruit to almost every inch of soil in Hawaii. The dew of morning and the mellow evening light- all these you will find in a can of Hawaiian pineapple.Always ask for Hawaiian Pineapple – no matter what brand so long as it comes from Hawaii. Sold everywhere. Sliced, grated or crushed. – Saturday Evening Post, May 3, 1913.

What are the images you firstly get when you hear Hawaii? Pineapples? Well forget them! Pineapples came from Brazil. So why is Hawaii so much in our imagination wedded with pineapples and tiki?In this episode we’ll get to grips with the colonial recent past and how still resonates in the islands, but most importantly, we’ll dive into the ancient Polynesian culture.What is taro, breadfruit and the famed “ahupua’a”?

Join me to explore the ancient myths of creation of Hawaii and her foods!

The Delicious Legacy

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