Hawaii Food Map: FOOD

Araimo (Japanese Taro, Dasheen)

Araimo is also known as Japanese Taro or Dasheen. It's the corm of a dry-land variety of taro, coarse and hairy like other taro, but a lot smaller (usually 2-30 [ read more ]

Arugula (Salad Rocket, Roquette)

Arugula is also known by the name rocket, which to many describes its unexpectedly peppery and dark green punch that can become strangely addicting.  A very beautiful leafy green, it's0 [ read more ]


The lovely and delicate asparagus spears grow on a large flowering herbaceous plant with feathery fronds.  Asparagus is native to most of Europe, North Africa and India.  Wild asparagus, as0 [ read more ]

Avocado (Avocado Pear, Alligator Pear)

[caption id="attachment_1561" align="alignleft" width="225" caption="Linda avocados grown in Kona"][/caption] Avocados are officially the berry (single seed bearing) of the avocado tree. It is native originally to central Mexico but now0 [ read more ]


Bananas are first thought to have been cultivated as early as 3000 B.C. in Papua New Guinea.  Though most of us think of the banana as the fruit of a0 [ read more ]

Basil (including Thai Basil, Lemon Basil and Tulsi)

Basil is an herb that is now being widely cultivated for both its culinary and medicinal uses.  The origin of basil is thought to be in India.  Over the centuries0 [ read more ]


Beets are part of the plant family (Amaranthaceae-Chenopodiaceae) and are related to chard - in case you noticed a similarity in the taste and texture of their leaves.  Beets are cultivated for0 [ read more ]

Bell Peppers

Bell peppers are botanically a fruit, but is known and used culinarily as a vegetable. It is part of the capsicum family that we know as the peppers and chiles,0 [ read more ]

Bitter Melon (Goya, Ampalaya, Foo Gua, Ma Rah Jeen, Ko Qua, Bitter Gourd, Karavella)

Though similar in size and shape as a cucumber, with its warty, wrinkled bright green skin, bitter melon sure stands out.  Yes, it is an acquired taste.  Its infamous bitterness0 [ read more ]

Bok Choy (Pak Choy, Chinese Cabbage)

Bok Choy is member of the cabbage family.  It grows in tall leafy clusters instead of round heads.  Mild in flavor and tender (succulent when cooked) in texture, it was0 [ read more ]