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Wild Food Meal Extravaganza

A few weeks ago I prepared a 7-course wild food meal for Hawaii’s Center for Food Safety, with the help of some awesome new foraging friends. Chef Rob Ramshur had contacted me several times about learning wild edibles on Maui, but I had been in such a constant flurry of activity that our paths hadn’t connected. He reached out again and it just so happened I had agreed to do the private dinner and was in need of some help. Perfect. We had a blast foraging for two days and preparing a true feast. Guests filtered in and were served wild root beer. The meal began, as a flowering of tastes and color with 6 kinds of tempurah’d wild edible flowers that were served with an elderflower gastrique. Wild Miso followed, which was served with wild plantain greens on the side. There was a Foraged Salad, that contained many wild greens and a wild pine-infused vinaigrette. The salad was sprayed with some Hawaiian Sandalwood hydrosol that I distilled. Next up, The Savage Manapua. This one was a real crowd pleaser, and palette’s were given a quick rest with some wild allspice tea. The main dish of the evening was venison that had been cooked with a feral guava sauce, served with some local oyster mushrooms and wild Jamaican vervain flowers (that taste like mushrooms), on a bed of cassava puree. A hush fell over the crowd, with looks of surprise and then squeals of delight, as the taste explosion of wild green fennel seed ice cream and kiawe crumble was the final culmination of this wild food...

Edible Hawaiian Islands Magazine gets a Foraging Twist

Talk about fulfillment of a lifelong dream, I’ve always wanted to be in an edible magazine! Having been a fan of the publications from their early days, and even having a couple of photos featured in various edible magazines, I get a great big smile on my face having now reached my own moment. Huge gratitude to Dania Katz and the edible Hawaiian Islands team for the interest and dedication to getting the stories out there. Check out the article. And be sure to BUY a SUBSCRIPTION to read the entire article, which includes more photos and recipes. CLICK HERE to read the...

Haole Koa Seed Tempeh

Haole koa (Leucaena leucocephala) tempeh, it’s what’s for dinner. Baby Zeb has even gotten into eating this wild food creation. My haole koa, Job’s Tear grain, organic soybean tempeh has an aroma of baked bread. Yes, this is one of the most invasive plants on our islands. I know you know it! Check Starr Environmental to see photos and help with identification. To make this I harvested mature pods hanging from the tree, the seeds were all bright green. I soaked 1/2 cup of haole koa seeds in water overnight (throw away the pods that hold several seeds), then dump out the water. I also soaked 1 cup of organic soybeans and 1/2 cup of Job’s Tears. The haole koa seeds were rapidly boiled twice, for ~20 minutes each time, with water dumped out. Job’s Tears and Organic Soybeans cooked with a cover on top. Then I added vinegar and Rhizopus spp. mold and incubated them around 90 degrees until a uniform white mold grew throughout. This was sliced and sautéed in organic toasted sesame oil and dipped in shoyu….et voila! le dîner est...

Vote YES on Maui County’s GMO MORATORIUM to Do Something About Global Climate Change

Interested in doing something about climate change? I am, and that’s why I’m voting YES on the GMO MORATORIUM. Feeding an expanding global population during major shifts in our climate represents an unprecedented challenge. GMO’s cannot rise to that challenge because they are part of the industrial agricultural complex, where fossil fuels are used in such large amounts that it’s estimated over 50% of our greenhouse gases now come from doing agriculture this way. Our water is being contaminated, our soil degraded, and the scientific experiments that Monsanto calls ‘farming’ is killing our biodiversity. The economic impacts of continuing with this industrialized agriculture could be devastating for our future generations. Decisions regarding safety of their open air testing of pesticides and GMO crops, which is not farming, should be based on research here in Maui County. The long-term public health impacts are huge, and it is our keiki who will suffer if we do not grab this chance as a community to protect them. Regardless of how you might feel about biotechnology, do you really think that multi-billion dollar corporations who are paying for these advertising campaigns on your television, radio, and in your mailbox have your best interest in mind? Lawsuits continue to this day to hold Monsanto accountable for their knowledge that their products of DDT, PCB’s, rBGH, and saccharin were detrimental to human and environmental health. For everything that GMO’s could be, it’s what they are not that needs to be addressed. GMO’s are not feeding Hawai’i on the scale the biotech companies claim. GMO’s have not decreased herbicide and pesticide use in Hawai’i. GMO’s have...

Our children are being targeted with propaganda by Monsanto

Our precious keiki, from elementary school through high school, along with those in higher education, are being targeted by Monsanto. The numbers come in around $187/registered voter spent In Marketing 101 we learn that repeated exposure habituates our prospective clients, and breeds familiarity, which equates to sales down the line. You can be sure that Monsanto is far beyond Marketing 101, as last year they made billion dollar figures of profits, but they are not beyond indoctrinating our children with their targeted propaganda. Dr. Sally Irwin at the University of Hawaii Maui College helped facilitate the awarding of $25,000 for science curriculum in our high schools in 2009. In 2011 Monsanto cut a check for $500,000 to the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR). Have you seen CTAHR’s recent elementary school curriculum piece for ‘Gene-ius Day’, which is funded in part by Monsanto and DOW? Please look at it by clicking here. It tells the story that there are no more farmers because they don’t know how to grow food in today’s world. The children are helpless without their chips and cookies, but a cockroach leads them to a GMO scientist that saves the day. In an interview with Dr. Sally Irwin in Maui Magazine, she is quoted as saying, “People who are really worried [about GMOs] should be concentrating efforts on supporting unbiased research.” I couldn’t agree more, and that is exactly what voting YES on the GMO MORATORIUM is about! We know our children are being influenced by Monsanto, our politicians are being influenced by Monsanto, and our television and radio’s advertising airwaves have been...

Wild Food Class in Haiku

Ever wanted to learn more about wild foods? They’re found around the planet, but we’ll be covering ones found growing in the jungles of Haiku on October 12th from 9am – 12 noon. This 3-hour class will cover the Ethics of Wildcrafting, along with a hike to identify and harvest wild foods, and the preparation of them into pupus. Some of the plants we might meet include: wood sorrel (Oxalis corniculata & Oxalis debilis var. corymbosa), purslane (Portulaca oleraceae), wild spiny amaranth (Amaranthus spinosus), popolo berries (Solanum americanum), artillery plant (Pilea microphylla ), false awa (Piper auritum), hono hono grass (Commelina diffusa), and more! If you would like to reserve a spot in this class, please email sunnysavage (@) gmail.com to RSVP. The fee is...

Wild Baby Food

My son Zeb ate his very first solid food today, and as you might expect it was wild! Green bananas were boiled, with wild amaranth greens added at the end. This was all blended up in the trusty blender and eaten with gusto by my little guy. A new wild foodie is...


Sometimes, when I find myself processing wild foods, or cleaning the house, or distilling hydrosols, I go online and load up a ted talk to listen to. I find them to be an incredible resource for ideas, explanations, inspirations, and the like. Which is why I am so incredibly proud to be a presenter at this years TedxMaui event. My talk is titled The Gift of Wild Foods, and you can come watch it live at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on September 28th. This all-day, nonprofit event includes food, entertainment, networking, and exposure to ideas and performances from some of the brightest minds from Hawai‘i and abroad! Tickets are selling fast and seating is limited. All details and info on tickets available here for more...

Purple Popolo Berries

Remember to only eat dark purple/black popolo berries (Solanum americanum). Also known as American Nightshade, Glossy Nightshade, and “really good...


Wild foodie, teacher and adventurer.
Sunny Savage, host of the television series ‘Hot on the Trail with Sunny Savage’ and TedxMaui 2014 presenter, helps us untame our lives by incorporating wild foods into our modern-day diets. She holds an MS in Nutrition Education and has traveled to all 7 continents, learning from the plants and the people along the way. She lives on the island of Maui and enjoys exploring mauka to makai.

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