Maui Blog - Georgie Hunter R(S): Thankful for friends who turn me on to favorite herbs

Thankful for friends who turn me on to favorite herbs

We love to garden and grow food, which is very easy to do in Haiku Maui.  It's nice to have friends who share this passion, and bring us new plants to try.  Over the years we have incorporated a lot of great herbs into our gardens.

garden herbs growing in Haiku Maui

From right to left: chili peppers; oregano; turmeric; my chickens!

Mike brought us Hawaiian chili peppers which are probably some of the hottest peppers you can find.  They are very small and grow all year round on the bush, so there's always an abundance of these fiery little gems ready for picking.  How much do you really need anyway?   I use them in green papaya salad mostly, and they're also great for making chili pepper water which is simply crushed up peppers in some salt and water... instant hot sauce.

Lance brought us a small cutting of oregano many years ago and it's been thriving in a dry spot (yes such a thing exists in Haiku) next to the chili peppers.  I love this plant and use it almost every day, especially since I learned that oregano has a lot of health benefits.  The fresh leaves are so much nicer than the dried product from the store. 

turmeric roots grown in Haiku Maui HI

Turmeric roots grown in Haiku Maui HI

Lee gave us turmeric, when we had no idea what to do with it.  The small orange roots were something we had never seen, but be took his word for it and grew some in the ground and in pots, to discover a wonderful new herb which also has incredible health benefits.  It grows so well in fact that any small pieces that remain in the ground will grow a whole new plant. Needless to say, it now comes up with every new garden tilling, and we encourage it.  The fresh roots can be grated into soups, stews, salads, smoothies etc.  I add it to banana muffins and carrot cake and you really don't even notice it there.  Some say it's a super antioxidant.

Every day I think of these friends who shared their bounty with us, and we do the same by sharing and giving to others who are new to Haiku.

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Comment balloon 12 commentsGeorgie Hunter R(S) 58089 • November 13 2018 11:54PM


Wow, make golden milk with the turmeric. Each root is enough for a cup of milk. Wahs clean it and use Vitamix or blender to blend it with milk. Boil it and add sugar or honey ... sleep carefree and get up recharged. Good for inflammation, arthritis, joint strengthening, bones and other properties you mentioned here.

Posted by Deepak Chauhan, Irvine, CA ... the place to be (Versailles Property) 8 months ago

Deepak Chauhan MCNE® Thanks for the tip!  Always looking for another recipe since we have too much turmeric most of the time.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) 8 months ago

Herbs are a lot of fun to grow and use. Looks like you have a wonderful assortment.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) 8 months ago

Turmeric is supposed to have wonderful health benefits - that was a great gift!

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, 8 months ago

Good morning, Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089 this post is like a fast track educational course in herbs and especially tumeric.... I never knew what tumeric was but I'll look into it further.... 

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) 8 months ago

I am not a big fan of Allopathic medicine, especially for the long term. Modern science is good for short-term treatments and up to a great extent for diagnostics. I believe in herbal stuff and surprisingly it works for me. I like so many of you have an interest in herbs.

Posted by Deepak Chauhan, Irvine, CA ... the place to be (Versailles Property) 8 months ago

I will have to share your post with Chef Dolores.

Thanks for telling us about your garden.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 8 months ago

Georgie, I remember as a kid my mother used to grate turmeric as well as horseradish and I learned the hard way the difference :))Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 8 months ago

I can only imagine having a year-round herb garden, Georgie! I could totally get used to your lifestlye - this is right up my alley!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 8 months ago

Thanks everyone!  Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) 8 months ago

I have heard that tumeric is good to help prevent leg cramps. Maybe I should grow some. I know it makes great tasting mustard.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) 8 months ago

I have purchased tumeric powder and capsules, but should try to grow some if it does well in pots. I've also wanted to try fresh ginger, which is also a tuber, or rhizome. My basil and mint is always plentiful in the summer garden.

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) 8 months ago

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