Goya ‘Bitter Melon’ – The Green Heart of Okinawa

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 just used as a beautiful decoration though. It is used for a variety of ailments, food, and makeup in Japan.
Do What We Have Been Doing For Centuries: Simple Exercise

Do What We Have Been Doing For Centuries: Simple Exercise

People decades ago did not go to a gym or run marathons. They did not lift weights or body-build. They just moved their body every. day. You do not need to exercise as hard or as much as you may think. Sitting in one spot for many hours of the day
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 is also known as ‘Sakuna‘ in Japanese, but there is no English name assigned to the plant due to its
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. It is not only Okinawans who love Shikuwasa drinks and flavored foods, but also tourists from China, Korea, and all
The Path towards a Long Life: Okinawan Diet

The Path towards a Long Life: Okinawan Diet

Okinawa is an area of great health and longevity so… Why would you want to eat like them?     -They have lower rates of coronary heart disease, colon cancer, prostate cancer and breast cancer compared to mainland Japan and America -Their life expectancy is higher than other countries averaging
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.  India and Bangladesh are commonly known for their use of turmeric in food. If you have eaten and love Indian-style