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Ulu: From root to fruit

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The Breadfruit Institute of the National Tropical Botanical Garden and the Hawaii Homegrown Food Network are presenting a pair of workshops entitled Revitalizing Ulu (Breadfruit) from Root to Fruit.

The workshops run 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. and are scheduled in two locations:

* Saturday, March 12 at the Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden in South Kona
* Sunday, March 13th at Kua O Ka La Charter School in Puna (near Ahalanui County Park)

Workshop participants will learn about the breadfruit tree from root to fruit, including: culture and history, propagation, planting, pruning, fertilizing, harvesting, preparing and eating.

Workshop presenters include Ian Cole, Craig Elevitch and Andrea Dean. Cultural practitioners from each workshop location will share about the culture and history of ulu.

Cole is the collection manager and curator for the Breadfruit Institute. He manages the breadfruit collections at Kahanu Garden in Hana, Maui and McBryde Garden in Lawai, Kauai.

Elevitch of Agroforestry Net and the Hawaii Homegrown Food Network will speak to the role of ulu in traditional agroforestry systems.

Dean, co-director of the Hooulu ka Ulu project, will discuss the statewide initiative to revitalize breadfruit.

Cost of the workshop is $40 per person or $70 for two. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

Register by visiting www.breadfruit.info or by contacting Pedro Tama at pedro@hawaiihomegrown.net or 938-5618.

Participants are asked to bring a brown bag lunch or food to share.

Revitalizing Ulu (Breadfruit) from Root to Fruit is a program of Hooulu ka Ulu – a project of the Breadfruit Institute of the National Tropical Botanical Garden and the Hawaii Homegrown Food Network to revitalize ulu as an attractive, delicious, nutritious, abundant, affordable, and culturally appropriate food that addresses Hawaii’s food security issues.

Ulu, or breadfruit (Photo courtesy of Craig Elevitch)

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