|Hilo Mountain Apple|
The mountain apple is known for being a “canoe plant.” The Polynesians who first came to settle the Hawaiian islands, coming from afar in their canoes, brought a few precious plants with them, not knowing what they would find when arriving in the new lands. Among these plants was the sturdy mountain apple tree.
We don’t see the mountain apple as much on the Kona (dry side) of the Big Island so I happily gathered a healthy share at the Hilo (wet side) farmer’s market. This small fruit, no bigger than a baseball, is shaped like a pear, with a similar consistency. It tastes of pear, apple, and plum with a noticeable hit of rose petals.
We harvest them in the summer months, so if you see them at the farmer’s market, a local fruit stand, or auntie’s tree, give them a try.