Sumida Watercress Farm
Since 1928, the Sumida family have been growing watercress in a magical spot in the heart of Aiea being fed by a natural spring. Yes, that’s their farm right besides Pearlridge, a reminder of the fact that Aiea and Pearl Harbor were once breadbasket and important fishing grounds.
The third and current generation of owners, David Sumida and his sister, Barbara manage to produce five tons of watercress per week on their 10 acre plot of land – that’s 70 percent of Hawaii’s demand for watercress. And if you ever tasted watercress grown elsewhere, you’ll understand how lucky we are to have strong, flavorful and crunchy watercress.
Although Sumida Farm has not been certified organic, it practices many progressive and sustainable techniques, to benefit farm workers, the land, and the watercress that ends up on our plates.
You can find their watercress in most supermarkets, and also in the farmers markets — many fellow farmers bring Sumida watercress to offer in their own stalls — look for the white and red Sumida Farm twisty tie.