Goya ‘Bitter Melon’ – The Green Heart of Okinawa

Gymnema Sylvestre ‘Miracle Fruit’: Eats Sugar for You

Gymnema Sylvestre ‘Miracle Fruit’: Eats Sugar for You

Dogbane Family Gymnema Sylvestre Gymnema Sylvestre originates from India but is cultivated all the way in Okinawa and all subtropical and tropical areas in between. It has been used in
A Different Kind of Ginger: Getto ‘Shell Ginger’

A Different Kind of Ginger: Getto ‘Shell Ginger’

Ginger Family Alpinia zerumbet or Alpinia speciosa The Getto plant can be found in most Okinawan people’s backyards and alongside many streets and paths of the island. It is not
The Longevity Grass of Okinawa: Chomeiso

The Longevity Grass of Okinawa: Chomeiso

Parsley Family Peucedanum japonicum Japanese plant native to Okinawa  Chomeiso (cho-may-so) is a well-known, traditional herb on the island of Okinawa but virtually unheard of outside of Okinawa, Japan. It
The Symbolic Citrus of Okinawa: Shikuwasa

The Symbolic Citrus of Okinawa: Shikuwasa

Citrus Family Citrus Depressa Japanese plant native to Okinawa and Taiwan Shikuwasa or Shikwasa (Shee-koo-wah-sah/Sheek-wah-sah) is a popular fruit in Okinawa. The word Shikuwasa means ‘eating vinegar‘ in Okinawan language.
The World’s Unknown Carrot: Black Carrot

The World’s Unknown Carrot: Black Carrot

Parsley and Carrot Family Daucus carota L. Have you ever seen a black carrot? That is a picture of black carrots grown in the fields in Okinawa, Japan. Black carrots originate
Hibiscus: More than Just a Pretty Flower

Hibiscus: More than Just a Pretty Flower

Mallow Family Hibiscus sabdariffa L. Charming red flowers used in beautiful, tropical landscaping is an image quick to come to mind when the word hibiscus is spoken. Globally known for
The Strongest Health Spice: Turmeric

The Strongest Health Spice: Turmeric

Ginger Family  Curcuma longa L. Do you know how many types of turmeric there are on this planet? There are approximately 30 varieties, each with their own characteristics and effects. 
The Tart Super Fruit: Noni

The Tart Super Fruit: Noni

Coffee Family Morinda citrifolia L. Noni- pronounced: (No-nee) The fruit of the Noni tree has a strong, tart taste and is packed with minerals and vitamins. Noni is cultivated in