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Delicious Durian Tasting January 2, 2011

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Aloha! We had to share yet another amazing Maui tropical fruit VIDEO with you – This one here is known as the “King of Fruits” …. Its big and reptilian looking with a bunch of thorny spines and it stinks like no other, but apparently offers us much in regards to health and nutrition.

This should be on your “foods I gotta try bucket list” …  Check it out~

It happens to be made up of  high levels of tryptophan (the feel good amino acid) which raises serotonin levels and helps to lift the spirit!! MMmmm. Euphoric… And said to increase libido… hmmm….

It is also known for its beautifying effects on your skin. Which I love to hear… It has high concentration of raw oleic fats (good fat) (and vitamin E), sulphur compounds, and soft proteins which all aid to our skins health. Not to mention anti inflammatory, anti-oxidant, energizing, blood cleansing, the list goes on.

This is a truly magical food! I am so grateful to have access to this beautiful thornball of nutrition!! LOL! I love it!!!

Click the durian picture to the left for a VIDEO of us doing a Durian Taste Test…

Enjoy~

We love you!!!
Chris & Sara

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Cherimoya Fruit/Custard Apple- a.k.a. Romantic Fruit April 25, 2010

Aloha!!

We are sooo excited to share this most succulent tropical fruit with you ~ The heart shaped Cherimoya Fruit (also known as “Romantic Fruit” ).   It is pretty much the epitomy of tropical fruit (in my opinion) … It seriously tastes like a custardy blend of pear, banana, mango, pineapple, lilikoi, vanilla, coconut HEAVEN! All mixed into one!!!! You’ll have to try one to believe us~

It is said to be enjoyed with a loved one … so we wanted to eat it with YOU! 🙂

Here is the video so you can see its succulence in person! (so to speak..)

The cherimoya tree is a native of the Andes Mountain range in South America, the mountain area between Colombia to Bolivia, at an altitude of 1000 to 2000m. But we got ours LOCAL here on Maui, from Mana Foods, our local Organic Store. I am soaking my seeds now and will plant them soon. I guess they grow pretty fast. Now for the meantime, I need to find us the supply tree! Possibly trade some bananas??? ….

Cherimoyas are a rich source of Vitamin C, Calcium, and Niacin. The Incas enjoyed these in ancient times. They used it as an aphrodisiac and to improve fertility… hmmm…. be careful with this one! LOL.

This would be an awesome  base for a creamy green smoothie or even as 5 Star Raw Ice Cream treat! Ooo la la… Or just slice into wedges and scoop out the meat. Loving these!!!

Here is a picture of it growing on the tree Thanks to tradewindsfruit.com. (where you can purchase these seeds!) This was one of the few pics I could find of the whole tree, believe it or not. I will definitely be looking for the tree here on island for more fruit and some personal pics for you guys!

 

Harvesting Bananas on Maui & Green Smoothies March 24, 2010

Aloha!! We are going BANANAS over here in the jungle!!!! LOL!  Look at all our bananas!!

Have you ever seen what your bananas looked like on the tree before they got to you? Ever seen someone harvest bananas? Well, here’s your chance! Because Chris loooves to harvest bananas and we loooove to EAT bananas!!! We are very lucky to have a pretty good size banana orchard here on our property. We go through a lot of bananas as they are a wonderful base for the PERFECT GREEN smoothie. And we loooove green smoothies! 🙂

So here is a video of Chris harvesting bananas: (and the property dog, Bella) <—– No I didn’t name her!!!

And here is a DELICIOUS Green Smoothie Recipe (for 2) for you to try: Share it with someone you love~

  • 1-2 Large Bananas (or 3 small local variety)
  • 1/4 Pineapple
  • 4 Large Kale Leaves
  • Large handful of Spinach
  • Large handful of Sunflower Sprouts
  • 1/2 Cup Ice
  • Water as desired (more for thinner smoothie/less for thicker

Blend and enjoy!~ This smoothie is chock full of yummy nutrients that your body will thank you for! Try one! You will LOVE it.  PROMISE!!!

 

Ocean Foraging on Maui~ Sea Weed March 17, 2010

Aloha!  We foraged SEA WEED on the North Shore! Check out the video below…

Seaweed is sooo very nutritious. They are one of the best sources of minerals. Nori (used with sushi) and Dulse are 2 very popular types. You can incorporate them into your meals so easily. They work great as a salt alternative as well. Sprinkle some chopped dried seaweed over soups, salads, or mix it into your guacamole! Mmmmm….

Here is a quick, easy and delicious Seaweed Salad Recipe:

  • Seaweed of your choice
  • Sesame Oil
  • Agave Sweetner/Stevia
  • Braggs Liquid Amino (or Nama Shoyu or Soy)
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Lemon Juice

Sea vegetables are virtually fat-free, low calorie and one of the richest sources of minerals in the vegetable kingdom as they have ready access to the abundance of minerals found in the ocean. Nourishment is acquired across the sea vegeable’s entire surface through the gentle wave action of underwater currents. Sea water & human blood contain many of the same minerals in very similar concentrations.
Sea vegetables contain high amounts of calcium and phosphorous and are extremely high in magnesium, iron, iodine and sodium. For example, 1/4 cup of cooked hijiki contains over half the calcium found in a cup of milk and more iron than in an egg, important concerns for vegans, those who refrain from eating any animal-based products. They also contain vitamins A, B1, C and E, as well as protein and carbohydrates.

One of seaweed’s most prominent health benefits is its ability to remove radioactive strontium and other heavy metals from our bodies. Whole brown seaweeds (not granulated) such as kelp contain alginic acid which binds with the toxins in the intestines rendering them indigestible and carries them out of the system.

WOW! Isn’t it amazing?….

When was the last time you had seaweed? What kind was it? And what did you think? Leave us a reply below!

Love ya!

 

Panini Princess- The Cactus Fruit February 22, 2010

This is a most amazing fruit that we have been experiencing. I feel sooo lucky. However the season is almost over, so we are savoring our last deliveries of the precious paninins while we can. If you are in Az you can probably find these delectable fruits growing every where on the Prickly Pear Cactus. Its worth the work… trust me!  So yummmmy!

Check out this video on Paninis- We also share a couple of delicious recipes if you can get your hands on some!

 

Coo Coo for Cocos- Harvesting Coconuts on Maui and Coconut Ice Cream

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Here is a fun video we made opening our coconuts!

Isn’t it  interesting that coconut water is the closest thing to human blood plasma and has been used in blood transfusions!?!?! I find that amazing and absolutely love cocos and their waters… If you dont have any on a tree nearby, try the produce section at the grocery store, its the next best thing. We even got cocos when we lived in Az. from an Asian Grocer. They are out there. Our favorite thing to make is Coco Ice Cream… Try this recipe if can, you will wonder how you never had it before…. mmmm

  • 3 Young Coco Meat
  • 1/2 cup coco water (or water)
  • 2 cups ice
  • Maple Syrup to taste about 1/4 cup
  • 2 Tbs. Coconut Oil
  • 2 Tbs. Vanilla or 1/2 Bean

Blend and fall in love!

Enjoy…

 

Aloha! Welcome to our Blog~ February 3, 2010

Welcome to our new blog. Our goal is to stay in touch with our friends and family and share all the fun and exciting things we are doing and learning… “On Maui.”  We hope to add a little bit of sunshine to your day and a smile to your face!

We love you!

Chris & Sara