Hawai’i Agriculture Research Update
Aloha and welcome to our weekly blog sharing insight and offering discussion on topics pertaining to Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range. We welcome and value your input-please post your comments and suggestions for future blogs. Want to contribute a blog? Let us know. Mahalo….Fern Gavelek
Tea Expert Offers Workshop
June brings lots of activity to the Big Isle’s Mealani Research Station. Tea specialist and author Jane Pettigrew comes from the U.K. to discuss tea culture, production and do a cupping evaluation 3 p.m. Friday, June 4. The $8 presentation is open to anyone interested in tea manufacture; phone 887-6185 to register. Hawaii Tea Society info.
Mealani goes into “breeding mode” during the summer, bringing cows into heat for artificial insemination to ensure a quality, grass-fed herd. In production since 1995, grass-fed beef studies continue with favorable results on taste and texture
New Alternative Crop Study
Started in 2009, Mealani planted a small arboretum of fruit trees to test varieties requiring a “lesser chill” than the temperate-zoned U.S. Mainland. Different types of peach, Surinam and bing-type cherries, plus persimmon are under observation.
New UH Culinary Program
Mealani is inviting UH culinary students and instructors to learn about products under production-especially grass-fed beef. The first field
station visit was in March and future chefs met the individuals involved in raising the cattle and viewed production practices while getting familiar with beef. The visit encourages interaction and fosters understanding between future chefs and food producers.
Next week: we discuss the difference in beef cuts.
Save the Date: Mealani’s Taste of the Hawaiian Range is 6-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10 at the Hilton Waikoloa Village.