March 2015 Harvest
Each time we work in the garden, our goal is to malama `aina. In return, our garden provides us with an abundance of healthy produce. These "close to the source" crops are then prepared in our kitchen, where we learn the medicinal purposes of each plant and how to use them to prepare healthy meals. This aspect of our pathway allows us to incorporate both Native Hawaiian and Western practices to maintain a healthy lifestyle and utilize the `aina just as our ancestors have.
Our Mala `Ai is used for many purposes. Working from seed to plate, we are able to nurture our bodies with natural and healthy foods straight from the `aina. Below for your veiwing, we have provided some information on "coconut" and selected a delicious recipe for you to Enjoy!
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Hawaiian name: Nīoi, Nīoi pepa
Scientific name: Capsicum annuum longum
Common name: Hawaiian chili pepper, Bird chili pepper
Habitat: The highly adaptable nīoi or nīoi pepa grows in dry coastal areas. It is not to be confused with nīoi (Eugenia sp.) wood similar to Kauila and Aʻe (Sapindus saponaria L.) that is found on the island of Molokaʻi (Kaʻaiakamanu 2003:76). This pepper is a favorite of many birds and as such is easily seen throughout the Hawaiian Islands.
Medicinal use: A natural vassal dilator, nīoi is an excellent medicinal herb for the nervous and cardiovascular systems. When added to any medicinal remedy, it increases the absorption of the herbs and is synergistic in combination. It is noted for its ability to penetrate the blood brain barrier. It is used as a blood thinner, increases circulation, helping to relieve headaches and preventing capillaries from restricting, reducing pain and irritation (Ohai 2010: Lecture).
Hawaiian Chili Pepper Water
1 small garlic clove. Peeled and diced
2 fresh red Hawaiian chili peppers, stems removed and halved
1 tsp. Hawaiian salt
1 tbsp. White vinegar
1 ¾ cup water
Place garlic, peppers and salt into a bowl and mash ingredients together at the bottom of a glass or container to release their flavor. Continue until everything is incorporated. Place chili pepper mixture into bottle/jar and set aside. Bring water and vinegar t a rolling boil, turn off heat and allow cooling (about 10-15 minutes). Add water mixture to bottle/jar and seal tightly and keep refrigerated. Makes about 2 cups.
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