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Organic Farm Tour in Hawaii

Our family went to Maui. Being a geeky family, our favorite activities are learning and food. We got the best of both worlds when we went to visit O’o Farm in Kula, Maui. It was outstanding — beautiful and delicious! Definitely a trip for foodies.

The elevation of the farm is at 3500 feet. It is really a beautiful view.

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Our family really enjoyed the experience together. Now that the kids are older, they like learning experiences too.

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The guide took us around a tour of the farm, explaining different plants and farming processes. We learned that coffee beans really are not beans. They are seeds. We saw them growing in clusters. Most were green, but the red ones were ready to eat.

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You just squeeze out the seed and the left over fruit is sweet and delicious. And also, apparently, has caffeine.

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We saw loquats too, picked them right off the tree and ate them. Also sweet and delicious.

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There is something called a finger lime, which is something like $30/lb. It’s known as the caviar of the vegetable world because it looks like caviar inside. It’s also quite ugly.

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There were different rows of vegetables. Everything is organically grown. It was fascinating hearing about all the science that goes into things like composting.

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The large leafy plant on the left is called “Osaka Purple,” and it tastes like horseradish. The little ones on the right I believe are called “Ruby Streak.” Had to look it up because I couldn’t remember. Apparently they are both Japanese mustard greens. I thought they tasted like wasabi.

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Here are the kids showing the size of the “Ruby Streak” leaves.

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I can’t remember the name of this plant. But it was yummy. We got to pick and eat samples of any of the plants.

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The guide had us all line up along the rows and pick designated numbers of leaves.

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I think the plant on the lower left is lemon verbatim. When we rubbed our fingers on it, it smelled just like lemon. Tasted like lemon too.

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This flower is called a nasturtium. It is beautiful and also edible. I can’t remember what it tasted like, but online it says it says it has a bit of a bite.

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This scary-looking plant is called a cardoon. It’s also called an artichoke thistle. The chef cooked something from this plant, although I don’t recall what.

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Those photo shows to scale how huge those leaves are!

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I think this plant is sorrel? I don’t remember what it tasted like but I remember it was yummy. Online it says it is tart. We ate so many plants I don’t recall which ones tasted what way!

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I do remember these flowers were yummy though. They are called sweet alyssum.

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This is a fave plant. This is where we get fava beans. We tasted the flowers and the leaves They all taste like fava beans. I guess it is a pretty consistent plant.

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We ate the flowers of the fennel plant. Really delicious!

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By the end of the tour, we had collected a beautiful basket of flowers in all sorts of flavors. The blue flowers on the right are called borage, another edible flower.

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It was truly beautiful and fresh!

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While the chef prepared the meal, we had a quick 10-minute visit where the guide talked about how they roast their coffee. We saw coffee beans drying on racks and had a brief run-through of the process.

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The chef cooked an amazing meal, all fresh ingredients.

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We ate in a cute outdoors area. I am amazed how there are very few bugs in Maui.

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Everything was so delicious. The chef made a focaccia bread that was amazing. The greens were mixed in a salad with avocado dressing. Albert said after eating such a flavorful and fresh salad, we will never be able to eat the Costco lettuce again. Every leaf had different flavors and the salad was outstanding.

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There were roasted root vegetables with baby broccoli and crisp tofu (yum!)…

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… fresh mahi-mahi mahi-mahi…

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and roasted chicken with some kind of veggies mashed into a delicious gravy.

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The dessert was fresh lychees and pineapple…

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… with handmade chocolate with no sugar and no dairy! The chef used different fruit for flavor and avocado for the fat. It was sooo good. I could eat it every day, especially since there was no added sugar. Wow!

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It was truly a wonderful trip. We would go again, just for the food. There were people there who had been there before and returned because the food was so good. But the tour itself was also very educational and enjoyable. Definitely worth visiting!

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2 Comments

  • Reply Leslie Liu

    Wow, those pictures of the food look amazingly good! It looks so yummy! I think that plant is called lemon verbena, not verbatim.

    April 22, 2017 at 7:11 pm
    • Reply Angela Yee

      You’re totally right! I did write “verbena” but it auto-corrected and I didn’t notice. Ha ha!

      April 23, 2017 at 6:30 pm

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