Hilo Farmer's Market: unusual vegetables, and how to enjoy them
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...
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.
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