Aloha! This is John Kohler, with GrowingYourGreens. Today I have another exciting episode for you. I’m here on the beach today and I thought I’d take a moment out of my trip here to Hawaii to share with you guys some resources if you live in Hawaii, and, actually, even if you don’t. Today, what we’re gonna do is we’re gonna go to a farm supply store and a seed shop here in Honolulu and share with you guys some of the plants and fruit trees and some of the unique things that I.
Like that I would grow if I were here. In addition, we’re gonna get to go to some awesome seed store that has a variety of seeds that have been growing here in the islands for nearly a hundred years. That’s, you know, better than grown in laboratory testing, but it’s grown in backyard farmers that have been growing these guys, year after year, with proven results. So I’m really excited to check out this ninetyyearold, plus, seed store in this episode for you guys. So first, let’s head to the farm supply.
Store and share with you guys some cool, unique, and special plants that I’d be growing in Hawaii or other places in the tropics. So now we’re gonna share with you guys some resources for people that live on Oahu. I’m here in Honolulu and I’m gonna visit three places that are in fairly a close proximity that can help you grow more food at home. My first stop is Koolau Farmers and this is the location in Honolulu. They also have one in Kailua that I visited, that’s actually the largest one of them all. They also have.
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One in Kaneohe. And this one’s a little smaller, but still they’ve got plenty of good stuff. So what we’re gonna do today is we’re gonna take you around and show you guys some of my favorite thingsor specifically, favorite plants that I think you guys should grow if you live here in Oahu. So the first thing you should definitely think to get in your garden is the Mamaki. Hawaiians use this actually as a tea. You can use this as a tea, and grow your own tea instead of having to buy it. But I prefer to actually.
Pick the little baby leaves and eat them in a salad. They have a nice mild flavor, and they’re quite good. Now I probably wouldn’t make a salad out of them, but I like to eat a few leaves because this is known as a very medicinal and healing plant here in the islands. So if you guys like hot chilies, I got one for you here. The Hawaiian chili pepper. Check out this guy. It’s just in a small, three gallon pot. It’s not even filled halfway up with soil and look how mass abundant it is. Super healthy, putting out a lot of flowers.
And a lot of little unripe fruits that’ll soon ripen up into hot, spicy peppers. Literally, if you guys grown one of these plants, you’ll never need to buy hot pepper spice again. Now I’m in the area with all their different herbs and vegetables, and one of the things I want to encourage you guys to do first is grow an herb garden, especially here in the islands where it can be challenging to grow standard vegetables that are from the mainland. Many of the herbs will tolerate the nice tropical weather here and grow year round without any.
Problems. Of course, some will bolt and you have to replant them But, in general, the herbs are gonna do much better than standard vegetables. In addition, many of the herbs you’ll be able to just plant once. And if you plant it once, have a good space where you plant it, keep it well watered, and have good soil, growing in good compost and rock dust and worm casting and other things that I recommend, you’ll literally have these herbs for life. So this means no longer will you have to buy dry and powdered herbs. You.
Can use them fresh. And I like to say freshest is always bestest. So one of the coolest things I’ve seen and learned about since I’ve been on the island is this guy This is known as variegated chives. I’ve seen chives beforegarlic chives, onion chives, Chinese chivesbut I’ve never seen variegated chives. I like these guys a lot and I only wish that I could bring some of these guys back home with me so I could grow some variegated chives along with the standard chives next door for nice.
Color. Plus, people would probably not know that these are edible, because usually variegated plants are usually kind of weird and might be poisonous, but these ones are just chives you could eat like the standard chives. You got the chive! My other favorite herbs that I’ve been growing lately are these guys known as shiso. And they’ve got the purple kind and the green kind. I like to use those as an alternative to other leafy greens. In some cultures, they use them for kind of a seasoning or a flavoring.
I just like to pick off leaves every now and then and add them to my salad and a salad blend of other leafy greens, including lettuce, kale, collard greens, spinach, whatever I got. Add some shiso in for some beneficial properties. Also many people are not aware that the shiso seed is actually very high in Omega3 fatty acids. In addition, if the seeds are high in fatty acids, as are the leaves. And Omega3s are definitely an important, essential fat that you should be eating. Here’s on pepper you won’t wanna mess.
With. It’s known as the ghost pepper, and here it is unripe. They still gotta turn a darker orangereddish color to be fully ripe. I always encourage you to harvest your peppers at peak ripeness for best flavor and full development. The ghost pepper, when you eat it, it’ll probably turn you into a ghost I mean, it is really that hot. Some people say it’s the hottest pepper in the world, but based on my latest research, it’s one of the top hottest peppers in the world. There’s tutorials on YouTube of people eating just a.
Piece of a ghost pepper and nulling over in pain for hours sounless you’re a pepper fanatic, don’t buy a ghost pepper unless you wanna grow one to say I’m growing one of the hottest peppers in the world! I know I did this past season and I’m saving the seeds for it, because actually if you are growing it, it could be used for other uses. So you could use some of the hot pepper mixed in with some water, maybe some salsa and soap and make your own sprays for bugs because if it’s hot for us, it’s also.
Hot for the bugs and they ain’t gonna like it either. So what we’re looking at now are two of my favorite spinaches that they have available here. These are known as perennial vegetables, so what that means is your plant these guys once and they’ll continue to grow year after year, day after day for you and provide you with an endless supply of leafy greens to eat. After all, my show is called GrowingYourGreens because I want you guys to grow your greens and eat em and the Okinawan spinach and.
The cholesterol spinachwhich is technically the purple Okinawan spinach and the green Okinawan spinachare the easiest vegetables to grow in this whole place and can provide you with leaves to eat all year long. Especially this one, if you have high cholesterol, you may wanna eat some leaves. It’s said that eating some of these leaves, you may lower your cholesterol. For me, instead of trying to seek out items that’ll lower my cholesterol, I try to eliminate cholesterol from my diet such as animal products. In excess of a quantity,.
It’s probably not too good for you. But yeah, these two, definitely my top picks. I’d probably buy a bunch of these guys and plant them in my raised bed and dedicate a raised bed just to these guys, along with having an herb bed so I could eat a lot out of my own garden. Of course they have plenty of standard vegetables as well, including collard greens which are probably going to be one of the top producers here in Hawaii and last a fairly long time despite tropical weather. Things like the.
Red Russian kale, the standard dinosaur kale, and the lettuces are all great to grow. Of these guys here, I’d probably choose the Swiss chard to grow first, then followed by the dinosaur kale. They’re gonna be more resilient to the extreme heat and resist the bolting better than a few of the other ones. Another one, that I’m not seeing today, is the Georgia southern collard which I believe will also grow quite well in the weather here. And besides just the vegetables they got, you might want to also consider growing some.
Fruit trees or vining crops if you have the space. We’re gonna hit the fruit trees in a second, but before I do, I want to talk about these guys. These are the passion fruits, or lilikoi. They’re gonna basicallyif you got a nice fence or a nice hurricane fence that looks ugly or fence that these guys can grow up, even an old tree that is no longer alive You can grow these guys at the base and they’ll grow up the tree, you know, up the side of your house if you provide some way it could climb on to, or hurricane fencing.
And it’ll fill it with green so it’ll look nice, it’ll provide you with countless amounts of the passion fruit, or lilikoi. Now they have the purple and the yellow one here, but what I would encourage you guys to do is look for the Jamaican orange passion fruit. They’re far sweeter and much more delicious than either the purple or the yellow from my past experience. What we’re looking at now is just some of the selection of the fruit trees they have here. I think we’re in the mango section.
I see at least a half dozen varieties of different mango trees that they have available. In addition, in front of me are a whole line of citrus fruits. And they also have some tropical fruits such as the lychee, the longan, and other tropical fruits. Now I want to encourage you guys to always grow what’s easy for you. If you have land and you don’t want to put a lot of time into vegetable gardening, you know, grow an herb bed that’s gonna require the least amount of input once you get irrigation set.
Up or it rains enough. Next it the Okinawan spinaches, the green and the purple variety. As long as they got irrigation going to them, they’re gonna grow without any headaches, without any problems. You’ll always be able to go to your garden and pick some food to eat. After that, then I would focus on something like the fruit trees. They do take more space and require more maintenance over the years as they get large if you want to keep them small. But, literally, if you provide them a good home, dig a nice large hole, plant.
It on a slope, plant em, give it nice compost, good nutrition, rock dust, they’re gonna produce countless pounds and pounds of fruits for you year after year. I wanna talk to you guys a little more about buying a fruit tree. You know, buying vegetables are cool cause you buy a vegetable and they’re kinda small and stay small and you could always take them out, replant, or whatever. But once you buy a fruit tree, it’s something that’s more permanent. Fig trees could last over a hundred years and produce fruit for that.
Long as well. So I really want you guys to select your fruit trees carefully. It’s very important. I mean, select fruits, number one, that you like a lot, that you love. Don’t just get ones that Oh I kind of like oranges Don’t plant an orange if you kind of like it. Try a different one. And if there’s fruits that you’re not familiar with, especially here in Hawaii, I would encourage you guys don’t go downin this same shopping complex, there’s a store called Chinatown Market, and they have some of the tropical fruits.
That you can actually buy and taste to see what some of these guys, the trees are gonna yield and what it’s gonna taste like. And find the ones that you like the most, take these guys home, plant them, grow them in rich, fertile soil, compost, rock dust, and all the other amendments that I recommend, and you’re gonna have even better tasting fruit than money can buy. I think it’s quite sad that in today’s agriculture system, they’re mainly concerned with NPK, or 101010, or 151515, 161616 fertilizer. And in my opinion, that’s not the best way to be growing your food to have.
The maximum flavor and the maximum nutrition. So in order to get the maximum flavor, maximum nutrition, it’s very important that you guys grow your own. And I’m glad you guys are taking the time to invest in yourself by watching this tutorial to learn about some of the tropical fruit trees and selecting them and some of the other things that you can grow here in Hawaii or wherever you live. Some other criteria when selecting a fruit tree is that you wanna grow things that are unique and different. Many of your neighbors.
Already may have citrus trees. Why grow another citrus tree when you could grow something like the Chico sapote or sapodilla, which is known as the brown sugar fruit that to me is much more interesting and I would rather eat any day of the week instead of an orange. So you could have something rare and trade your rare stuff for two times as much as the standard common citrus fruits. In addition, when people are trying to steal your food, steal the fruit in your trees People know what oranges are, but they won’t know what.
Some of these exotic fruits are, especially ones with these spikes like the durian. Alright now we’re outside the Fukuda Seed Store, and this seed store has been selling seeds to the island since 1920. This is third generation. So we’re at 1287 Kalani Street at the seed store and they have the hours posted, but make sure you call before you come because this is a family owned store and they may just take some time off sometimes. The seeds are also available at other locations around the island, so you can call. I will give you the contact information at the end of this.
Tutorial. In any case, let’s head inside the seed store and check out the seeds. So now we’re inside the Fukuda Seed Store, and as you guys can see, they’ve got racks and racks of all kinds of seeds. Now they’ve been in business since the 1920s, they’ve been here almost a hundred years. I always want to encourage you guys to support local seed companies instead of seed companies that ship things from far off lands that are big corporations. They certify here that all their seeds come from nonGMO sources and the majority.
Of their seeds are nontreated seeds. I always encourage you guys to get nontreated and nonGMO seeds every single time. Another really cool thing about this local seed company to the islands, is that they have the varieties and the seeds that you guys need if you live here in the islands. They’re gonna do well in this climate. If you go down to the local big box store and buy the seeds, some of those are coming from the mainland. Those seeds might not do so well here in Hawaii, where all the varieties here have been tested year.
And year by many backyard growers that get proven results. So what we’re gonna do next is I’m gonna share with you guys some of my favorite seed varieties that they’re selling here that I believe you guys should grow. So before we get into sharing with you guys the seeds that they have here at the Fukuda Seed Store, we’re gonna share this with you guys, actually. This is a seed counting device, very high tech, so they don’t have to touch the seeds. One of the things I’ve learned while I was here was that on certain varieties of seedsnot all seeds of courseon.
Certain varieties, if you touch the seeds you can contaminate the seed with the oils and other things on your skin and then the seeds will not germinate. So for that reason, you might wanna wear some thin gloves when you’re dealing with seeds. And rest assured that if you’re buying your seeds here, they’re not touching your seeds so you’ll have the highest level of germination. So I’m sure that I could spend all day in a seed store checking out all their seeds, over three hundred varieties, but I’m just.
Gonna pick out a handful of ones that I believe you guys should grow. Now if you’re local to Hawaii, these are the seeds you’re gona want to get. They distribute them in many different stores throughout the island. You can also call them and they can ship interisland. In addition, if you live on the mainland, in the US, you can also called them and order them and they can ship them to you. So the first seed I’m gonna recommend are one of the favorite fruits that people like to eat, and yes this is a fruit. It’s a.
Cucumber. So it’s not just the standard American cucumberI particularly don’t care for the American cucumber and it’s a rare day that I’d actually grow it in my garden. I may grow them for fun sometimes. I just don’t like the bitter skin and how the skin tastes. It’s just not so good. But one of their best sellers here is the Japanese cucumber. This is a very delicate, nice crunchy cucumber with a nonbitter skin. This is definitely the cucumber you wanna grow in the islands and maybe where you live.
Next we’re gonna talk about one of my favorite leafy greens to eat. It’s right here, they got a whole row of them. They’re the lettuces. Lettuce is normally what you think of when you think of salad and probably the most popular variety of lettuce here is the Manoa lettuce. That’s a variety that if you come here to Hawaii, you’re probably gonna be eating some Manoa lettuce. It definitely grows good. Now because Hawaii is the tropics and lettuce is not a naturalized crop of the tropics, they have some more special varieties of lettuce.
That is more tolerant of the heat and resistant to bolting. So if you’re looking for more of a heat tolerant lettuce, you might wanna get one of the varieties they’re offering here. So they have a variety of, not only vegetables, but also herbs and herbs seeds. Some of my favorite herbs that you might call an herb like you just saw in that previous clip is the shiso. So they have the green and the red shiso or perilla seeds, so you can grow them from seed. And I wanna let you guys know.
That growing from seeds is always less expensive than buying the plants, but if you’re a new gardener, I always recommend that you actually buy the little starter plants because you’re gonna have a much higher level of success. Now besides the shiso, which is kind of common, they actually have an uncommon green here. It’s right here. It’s actually called the Mitsuba, Japanese parsley, and it says here This Japanese herb has a really unique flavor tasting like Angelica, celery, and parsley. All parts are edible. You can use the leaves, stems, roots, and seeds to flavor.
Foods. Foliage andor stems are ready to harvest in about fifty to sixty days. Easy to grow from seed. Just be sure to sow seeds very shallow. So yes, it’s hard to find this Mitsuba, but they got it here if you want to order it. I always want to encourage you guys to experiment and grow different kind of crops than you’re used to. One of the things I like about the company here is that they have a lot of different Asian greens that, as Americans, most people are not familiar with and they have amazing flavors, really.
Good nutrition. Plus, they may grow better than some of the standard counterparts that you’re used to. Next what I want to do is share with you guys some leafy greens. After all, my show is called GrowYourGreens because I want you guys to grow and eat your leafy greens. They have far more protein than even animal products do and they’re the simplest thing to grow. The problem is, you might get bored of eating that kale and collard greens, and lettuces, but there’s many more varieties of greens that you can eat and I’m happy that they offer some of the seeds here. Some of my favorites.
They have here and of course the Malabar spinach. They have the green Malabar spinach. There also is a red Malabar spinach that they don’t have. This is an excellent vegetable to grow in the tropics or in the nice warm summer season in the mainland. For example, in Las Vegas, these guys will grow right through the heat of the summer with blinking an eye, and provide you delicious edible leaves all summer long. Aside from that, another one that’s really good, that many people aren’t aware of in the states, are these guys. It’s the Amaranth. But these amaranth seeds are not just any.
Old amaranth. Most amaranth is grown for the seed, but this is a special kind of amaranth. They’ve got the standard green and a red variety of amaranth grown for the nice delicious leaves that taste similar to spinach. So next I want to show you guys some more traditional leafy greens that are gonna grow well in Hawaii with the hot sustained temperatures, also that are good kales to grow in the summertime if you don’t live in Hawaii. One of the things I’ve learned is that most kales like a nice cool temperature. Many of them bolt.
Fast and don’t perform well in the heat, and I’m glad to say that they have to of my favorite varieties of standard kales that are gonna do quite well. Now my top pick is right here. It’s the kale Toscano, also known as dinosaur kale or Tuscan kale or black kale. That’s my top pick. And number two is the red Russian kale. In my garden, I find that the red Russian kale tend to bolt a little bit quicker than the dinosaur kale or the black kale. So that’s the one I definitely recommend for you. Although, kales can have.
A strong flavor so let’s go ahead and talk about another nutritious vegetable that is maybe even more nutritious than kale with a nice, mild flavor. Now we’re gonna share with you guys actually another crop that’s related to okra that, in my opinion, just not well known enough. If you don’t remember anything from this whole tutorial, this is the section you’re gonna want to remember. It’s right here. It’s called Soluyot, and it’s called Molokhia. I actually called it Egyptian spinach and that’s what it is here. This is a seed that’s actually very hard to find. There’s not.
Many seed sellers that offer this seed, so I’m glad they’re offering it here. It will do well in the tropics, as it will do well in a place that doesn’t frost. So you can grow it in the summer season wherever you live in the world. And why I like this one so much is that it’s a very nutritious leafy green vegetable. Once again, GrowingYourGreens, I want you to grow your greens and eat them and this is probably more nutritious than kale based on some of the testing I’ve seen. How I.
Originally heard about the Egyptian spinach is that I was at a health food trade show and there’s a company in Japan that’s growing the Egyptian spinach and pairing it up and putting it into little capsules in bottles and selling it for like forty bucks! It’s always better to grow your own food than buying something in a bottle, in my opinion, so I learned about it, got the seeds, and started growing it myself. Now you can also grow it because Fukuda Seed Store will also sell them to you guys. One of the things I.
Like about this leafy green is not only is it one of the most nutrient dense and most nutritious leafy greens on the whole planet, it actually tastes pretty good too. Many of you guys might not like the taste of kale or collard greens, which are also plenty nutritious, but they have a strong flavor. This is a nice mild flavor and it kind of reminds me of lettuce. So maybe I’ll even bring some of these seeds back with me today so I can grow them at home. Let’s talk about two more leafy greens that are some of my favorites that they’re offering.
Here at the seed store. Number one is this guy right here. This is the true watercress. This is not peppercress or some other kind of cress. This is the true watercress. This likes to grow in running water in streams. If you’re planting it in your garden, it can do great in your garden as long as you leave the area nice and watered. Do not let it dry out. This is known as the watercress. It has a nice, peppery flavor, and this is one of the most nutrient dense vegetables. It has the most nutrition with the least amount.
Of calories. And check it out, the seeds are tiny. And you probably get like a thousand seeds in this little bag. You could seed out a whole area of your garden to grow a bunch of watercress. Now besides the watercress, there’s another crop that likes it nice and wet and it’s right here. This is known as the water spinach, also known as ong choi. This probably can’t be shipped to the US mainland because it says Do not transport seed or plant material to the mainland United States, because this.
Is listed as a noxious weed under the Federal Noxious Weed act. Let me tell you this is one of the most nutritious vegetables that you may never get to taste. Let’s talk about yet a few more leafy greens I like that they’re offering here. In the winter time, I like to grow these leafy greens in my winter garden, and it’s this guy right here. It’s actually the mizuna. Makes a good leafy green and it’s related to the mustard family, but it’s not a hot mustard flavor, like many mustards, it’s a mild.
And it grows relatively fast so you could be growing these and eating them in a really quick style time. And in the winter time, there’s nothing like some fresh mizuna out of your garden. Especially when the lettuce is growing a lot slower and doesn’t do as well because of the hard cold weather, mizuna’s just gonna keep on barreling through and growing well for you. So I like that guy a lot. Another one of my favorite leafy greens is right here. I’ve grown this many years now and it’s a leafy green that many Americans.
May not be familiar with. It’s actually called chop suey green or shungiku. It’s the edible chrysanthemum leaf. And this one, I like to harvest them when they’re quite young and tender. You can also harvest them when they’re more mature and older when the planet is going into the flower stage, but it’s a lot more hardcore taste than I could really appreciate. There’s really no other leafy green that has this kind of flavor complexity. In addition, you can also eat the flowers. I like to eat the flower.
Petals off the flowers when it does go into its flowering stage. And of course, once to grow it to fullthrough its full life cycle and it does go to flower, save those little seeds so that you can grow them the following year in your garden. So one of the things that I like that they’re doing here is that they’re color coding their seed packages. So every different seed kind has a different color. So this is the cabbages over here, they’re yellow. And of course when you think of orange, what do.
You think of Of course carrot. So these carrot packages are orange. But here’s the interesting thing. You guys might think of the carrot as orange, but I know that the carrot comes in a variety of colors and I want to encourage you guys if you grow carrots, not just to grow the standard orange carrot. It’s so pass, it’s too common! I want you guys to grow the uncommon things. And right here they have the purple, red, orange, yellow, and white carrots. Actually the white carrots are actually quite rare. You don’t see those.
Too much. And this is a mixture of seeds in this little packet. So you can grow a rainbow of carrots! And I want to remind you guys that each color, the carrots have different pigments in there and the each pigment means different antioxidants and phytochemicals that are probably very protective for you against diseases and this kind of thing. Next we’re gonna share one of my top five favorite root vegetables with you. No, it’s not potatoes! It’s this guy right here. What this is, this is called the jicama or.
The chop suey yam. Some people say yam bean. But what it is, you’re gonna plant these little seeds here and you’re gonna be very careful not to eat the greens or the seed pods and anything above the ground. The plant actually is poisonous, but what you can eat is the nice, tuberous root. It’s a nice and mild flavor, doesn’t even need to be cooked to be eaten. You just peel it. I actually like to slice it into chips and dip it in guacamole. Chop it up, add it to salads. It’s super delicious, nice a crunchy, and mild.
Texture. Now the thing you’re gonna wanna know is that with the jicama is that you’re gonna want to have a long season. So here in Hawaii, that’s not an issue. In other places in the country, it may be an issue if you have a short summer season. This guy takes a long time to mature. Even in Las Vegas, I has a fairly long season, but it wasn’t quite long enough to get some nice big jicama. I got some nice small ones that were tastier than anything I’d bought before. So if you’re Asian, you may be familiar.
With this next melon I’m gonna share with you guys, but most you guys, as Americans, are not familiar with it. This is called the winter melon. So the winter melon is kind of related to the watermelon, but when you cut open a watermelon it’s nice and pink or red or orange or yellow on the insideThere’s even ones that are kind of white on the inside that are sweet. But the winter melon is a melon that’s actually not sweet, but it’s a good long term storage melon. It actually stores longer, and that’s why it’s called.
A winter melon. In the winter time, for use when the watermelons aren’t lasting any longer. But it doesn’t have kind of a sweet flavor, it’s used more like a vegetable. This is definitely one you might want to try to experiment with, so you have nice fresh melons in the winter time, maybe even at Christmas. So no trip to Hawaii would be complete without hearing about the Maui onion. The Maui onion is known as one of the sweetest onions, and you can grow the Maui onions wherever you live if you got the Maui onion seeds. That.
Being said, due to do the day length, it might not perform and make nice sweet onions as they do grown in Maui. But at least you could try. I personally like the sweet onions over the onions that have more pungent flavor. Although be aware that the sweet onions are not good long term storage onions. If you’re storing onions for the winter, grow some of those nice pungent varieties that are more hot than sweet. I myself prefer to grow a lot of sweet onions and, well, a few pungent ones as well.
Aside from the Maui onions, which is the little bulb you’ll eat, they also have a variety of green onions available. The Japanese thick stock to the slender stock to a Japanese green onion that’s wind resistantfigure that! One of the crops that I’m recently learning to love that actually grows quite well and probably one of my top picks for growing in the Las Vegas desert but will also grow well here in Hawaii with sustained warm temperaturesthis probably doesn’t do too well if you have summers that fluctuate in temperature and.
Aren’t too warmis the okra. And I’m happy to say they have one of my favorite varieties of okra that I grew actually this past season. It’s actually called the Cajun delight variety and it actually grew quite well for me. I want to remind you guys when growing okra, you want to pick them at the nice young stage before they’re hard, woody, and mature. In its nice and young stage, you can eat it fresh. And yeah it’s got that kinda weird funky slime stuff, but I like to cut it up in salads and it’s a nice delicious.
Texture that most people usually don’t get to eat. So before I share with you the last two crops that I’m gonna share with you guys today, one of the interesting things I learned about the Fukuda Seed Store is that they sell the seed to many of the farmers here on the island. So if you go to Chinatown and buy some of the leafy greens, some of these rare varieties, those seeds actually originated in this store. So that’s definitely really cool. I mean, they have been in business since the 1920s,.
Supplying the islands with the seeds to grow the crops that people are eating here on the islands. So the next one I want to share with you guys is actually one of their own unique seed varieties that you can’t find anywhere else. It’s actually called the Fukuda Chinese daikon. It’s their own special variety of the daikon radish. I love the daikon radish. My favorite is the pickled daikon, the traditional Japanese style in the rice bran without any kinds of preservatives. Like if you go to the store.
And buy it these days, it’s dyed yellow dye and they add all kinds of things in there that I do not want to eat. So if you want me to be your best friend, grow some of these guys and pickle them in bran the old fashioned way and I will love it. I also love pickled kimchi and pickled radish, kimchi style. This is probably the kind of radish you want to buy to do that. Now the cool thing about this radish is that it also, besides eating the.
Radish root many of us do, you can also eat the radish greens. And the radish greens are the smooth leaf so you can eat them easier than the little radish leaves that have the pricker things on them. I encourage you guys that when you pick the leaves to eat, always pick the baby leaves. They’re always gonna be more tender and flavorful than the old mature leaves that don’t taste so good. So the last seed pack that I’ll be sharing with you guys are these guys right here. I know many of you guys don’t live near the.
Ocean. You may need sponges to clean your sink, to maybe rub down your body, and maybe this kind of stuff. With these seeds here, you can literally grow your own sponge. Well technically it’s not a sponge, it’s a luffa sponge! And these gourds are actually hollow on the inside and will produce the seeds on the inside but will also produce a nice scalous network that is kind of like a sponge that’s sold in many ethnic markets as sponges. So why buy sponges when you could simply grow your own angled luffa and simply.
Grow your own sponges. I’ve had a lot of fun here sharing with you guys this seed store and sharing with you guys some of my favorite seeds that are barely available in other places. And if you’re interested in learning more about the Fukuda Seed Store, you can check them out online at FukudaSeedStore. I’m not sure if their website’s currently up, so if they’re not, be sure to call them at 8088416719 or you can fax them at 8088420295. So as you guys can see, the sun’s setting behind me and the day’s pretty much over. Hopefully you guys enjoyed this episode learning.
About the farm supply store with the plants and the fruit trees, and also the seed store. Of the two, for the majority of you guys, the seed store is going to be much more valuable because the seed store will also ship you guys some of those rare, unique, and exotic varieties of seeds that are probably more heat tolerant and gonna handle the nice weather here in Hawaii, and also handle your nice summer weather. So be sure to look them up if you’re interested in some of those cool and unique varieties.