Saturday, January 21, 2012

Fruits and Produce of the Big Island

When you think of Hawaiian fruits and produce, popular favorites like pineapple, papaya, mango, guava and bananas come to mind. But did you know that the Big Island is a cornucopia of many other edible delights — everything from avocado, tomatoes, mushrooms and mountain apples, to starfruit, figs, oranges, lemons and more?

Avocados grow at Holualoa Inn
For example, here in Kona, there are dozens of varieties of avocado that grow well because of the shallow, rocky soil. The rich, buttery qualities of these gargantuan varieties are far superior to the typical avocado grown in California. Many local avocados are named after hard-working Kona farmers such as Yamagata and Ota.

Another product you'll see in great supply on the Big Island are island-grown tomatoes. Most of the area's fanciest resort restaurants serve succulent, sweet tomatoes grown in Waimea by Honda Farms and other renowned producers. In Laupahoehoe near Hilo, Hamakua Mushrooms Company cultivates many species of mushrooms that exude exceptional taste and quality. Exotic fruits grown on the Big Island are also very popular, including lychee, rambutan, longan and jaboticaba.

Arugula in our nursery
Here at Holualoa Inn, our guests enjoy farm-to-plate breakfasts served with produce harvested on our 30-acre property. We have mangoes for every season, plus 14 different varieties of avocado on site. There's also a bounty of figs, plentiful Kabocha squash and bok choy, lilikoi, guava, pineapples, bananas, and even delicious Healani tomatoes which are now thriving in the nursery. Chef Brian Conway finds a way to utilize everything we harvest, preparing gourmet selections such as omelettes made with our fresh arugula, or fresh preserves made with our very own figs. We've also recently planted a new fruit orchard and our trees are already producing oranges, grapefruit, tangerines. In the near future, we expect to harvest abundant starfruit, mangosteen, Brazilian plum and loquat, to name a few.

Holualoa Inn's newly planted orchard
When you stay at our romantic Hawai‘i bed and breakfast, you can stroll the grounds and see the amazing variety of products grown on site, including thousands of coffee trees that produce our 100-percent Kona coffee. Our Holualoa Inn ohana will be delighted to take you on a tour of the entire property, which features botanical walkways, ancient trails, and our new orchard and nursery.

Innkeeper Holualoa Inn

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