Hilo Farmer's Market: unusual vegetables, and how to enjoy them
- spoonlicker Dec 13, 2012 03:01 PM
Are there any vegetables on offer right now that I shouldn't miss?
I'm especially looking for suggestions on stuff that might be "only in Hawaii" (or at least, not commonly found in West Coast mainland markets).
What should I buy? How do I cook it?
I'm visiting family in Hilo for the next month or so, and have access to a fully equipped kitchen and lots of free time to experiment. Please help me expand my horizons...
I've never been to the Hilo Farmers Market, but a delicacy I associate with the Big Island is warabi, which are fern shoots. Basically you clean the shoots by soaking them in water and rubbing the "hair" off each frond. After that I blanch them and cut them up for use in a green salad. Probably your neighbors can tell you how else warabi can be served
re: caille en sarcophage
Unfortunately, it's not lychee season right now. Hilo Farmer's Market has lots of apple bananas, though. I think making chips out of them would almost be a waste of delicious fruit, but then I can almost never keep them around long enough to make banana bread unless I have a whole stalk of them.
Just take a look around. I'm sure you'll find some other interesting fruits and vegetables. The vendors will be happy to talk to you about different ways to prepare stuff.