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Breadfruit—from Tree to Table (Nov. 9)


* Saturday, Nov. 9, 8:30 am – 1:30 pm
Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden, South Kona

Space is limited, registration required. $12 per person. Lunch by donation.

A half-day workshop for growers, sellers, cooks, consumers, and others interested in learning more about how to harvest, store, prepare and market breadfruit. This first-of-its-kind hands-on workshop is intended to help breadfruit become (once again) a common staple in Hawaii.

The workshop will be followed by music and lunch.

Agenda (subject to change)

8:30 a.m.: Check-in

8:50 a.m.: Opening Pule

9 a.m. (sharp)–Noon: Workshop

Workshop attendees will rotate between six different presentation stations, every half hour. Presentations are as follows:

Working with Variety: Introduction to three breadfruit varieties in Hawaii: How to identify, when to pick, and distinguishing between green, mature and ripe breadfruit. Presented by Dr. Diane Ragone, Director, Breadfruit Institute of the National Tropical Botanical Garden.

Tree to Table: Harvesting techniques, tricks and tools, and postharvest handling. Presented by Ian Cole, Collection Manager, Breadfruit Institute of the National Tropical Botanical Garden.

Beyond Sticky—Basic Preparation and Handling: How to prepare breadfruit for use in a variety of dishes or for storage. Presented by Shirley Kauhaihao, Hooulu ka Ulu.

Some Like It Ripe: Making gourmet dishes from ripe breadfruit. Presented by John Cadman, Pono Pies.

Going To Market: Where to sell breadfruit? How much to charge? What kinds of value added products are viable? Presented by Andrea Dean and Craig Elevitch, Hawaii Homegrown Food Network and Hooulu ka Ulu project.

Food from the Gods: Breadfruit and the cultural importance in the Pacific Islands. Presented by Kuulei Keakealani, Educational Coordinator, Kaupulehu Interpretive Center at Kalaemano.

Noon: Lunch and Music

Imu lunch prepared by volunteers from the Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden, Hua o Ke Ao, and the West Hawaii Community College Culinary Arts Program.

Hawaiian music Presented by: Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden and the Hooulu ka Ulu — Revitalizing Breadfruit project.

Cosponsored by Kamehameha Schools and the state Department of Agriculture.

To volunteer at the workshop, to donate breadfruit or for general inquiries, call 960-3727 or email:

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