We Love Food, NOT Lawns!

 Transcription of We Love Food, NOT Lawns

Now, what we’ve done here is we’ve created a little ecosystem. This is what permaculture is about. This used to be a big lawn, and we like food not lawns.

We popped coconut in here. This coconut was planted six years ago, and it’s just now producing flowers. This is, right here, its first coconut. It’s a little mini one. You can just peek in here and check it out.

Now, I’m disturbing the bees. Do you see the bees in here? They love palm flowers. They go crazy for palm flowers. I’ve gotta be careful because if I disturb them, they’re going to be upset with me because they love this pollen more than any other.

Right there, if you just look in, if you can just crack in there, there’s our first little baby coconut ever off this coconut palm.

If you come down here, what we’ve done is we’ve hedged all this with noni. These are all nonis right around in here. And right at the entrance on the other side – coconut on one side, Rollinia on the other – this is Rollinia deliciosa, and it is delicious. It’s one of the most delicious fruits in the world.

This one is still too young; it hasn’t produced a fruit for us. When it does, this is one of the great Annona family foods on the planet.

It’s like a cherimoya. Have you ever had a cherimoya, or a soursop? It’s very similar in its structure and look, but very different in its deliciousness. It’s the most delicious thing ever.

So we zip around here and we’ve got some interesting fruit trees we’ve popped in. One of them is a mamey sapote. Right here. This is a fruit that tastes pretty much like sweet potato pie. It tastes like a sweet potato. This is in its young stage. This will eventually produce quite a bit of fruit for us.

I’m going to meet you over here to look at some soursop, which is in the Annona family, that same family as Rollinia. Check out how this stuff looks. Here it is right there.

So, there’s the flower. And there’s the fruit. This is graviola, or guanabana. This is the plant that’s getting a lot of activity right now, a lot of interest because it has anti-carcinogenic action. It actually helps to eliminate mutated cells when you ingest it. Some people are consuming the leaves. They say the property is in the fruit. They say the property is also in the flowers and in the bark.

Over here we’ve got one of my favorites ever. Let’s sneak in here if we can. This is a baby baobab. It’s doing very, very well here. You can see how healthy and happy it is. This plant can live for thousands of years.

One of the reasons why we planted baobabs here is because we wanted to make an impact on our ecosystem forever. We wanted to bring baobab here to Hawaii and put it in here forever.

This plant can live thousands of years. Some people say there are baobabs on the planet that are nearly 10,000 years old. There are whole villages built around baobabs in Africa.

All right. Let’s go over here. I’m going to show you something really fascinating. This is a plant that really brought me to Hawaii. It’s one of those plants that brought me here because I heard so many amazing rumors about it. Then the frozen ones starting coming into North America.

The plant is durian. We used to have to go all the way to Bali to have it. There are so many people who have planted them in Hawaii over the last 25 years that they’re actually being produced here now. I’m going to show you some of my baby durians.

This durian really has struggled in the early part of its life, but now it has finally caught on. It’s a really interesting thing about durian in this particular climate. It’s just a little bit too dry here. It doesn’t have quite enough rainfall, but in the right little niche it will work. And this is in the right little niche.

Now this will eventually become a massive tree well over 120 feet tall, and it will produce one of the most delicious fruits in the world, one of the most sought after fruits in the world; the king of fruits.

Durian is actually a really high protein, high sulfur, high fat food. And it has this really interesting mixture of carbohydrate and fat with kind of a sulfury-onion type of energy to it, or kind of flavor. And even that shows up in the minerals.

It’s very high in sulfur. What that means is that it’s going to be great for your connective tissue. It’s also really powerful against mosquitos, and it’s antimalarial, actually.

Durian is one of the great beauty foods of the world, and I wrote about it in my Eating for Beauty book.