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Hawaiian Harvest: I didn’t know that!!

July 31, 2012
By: Kaliko Amona

For the last several months, our ʻĀINA In Schools team has been developing the Fresh Choice Hawaiian Harvest program, a collection of educational resources highlighting 24 locally grown fruits and vegetables. Along the way I've been learning a lot of interesting facts about these island-grown items. I had no idea that:
• Hawai'i is the world capital of gourmet avocados! There are over 200 varieties of avocado trees grown here.
• Even through it's botanically a fruit, tomatoes are legally defined as a vegetable. The US Supreme Court declared it a vegetable in an 1893 case on tariffs, based on how it's most commonly used.
• Pineapples don't grow on trees! I'm KIDDING! I knew that, but recently had a long conversation with a young child who swore pineapples grew on hala (pandanus) trees. Introduced to Hawaiʻi in the early 1800's, this fruit grows close to the ground. Next time you're driving through central Oʻahu, take a look!

What are your favorite Hawaiʻi grown fruits and veggies?