Big Island Farms’ Organic Agriculture and Tropical Horticulture program aims to study, cultivate, and monitor crop growth throughout the equatorial regions of the world. The program will work with these tropical cultivars as well as seek out rare and unique varieties to determine potential commercial value and new culinary uses.
Tropical plants you will be interacting with!
The edible fruit, Banana, is in the herbaceous genus, Musa spp. Bananas are eaten raw and in some countries cooked as Plantains. The Banana varies in size, color and firmness. It is elongated and curved with a rich starchy flesh which may vary in color from yellow to red or brown when ripe. The Banana is native to South East Asia but worldwide there is not much of a difference between “Bananas” or “Plantains.” The Banana is grown throughout tropical regions and is known as a staple for sustenance farming and is exported throughout the world.
The woody shrub sometimes referred to as Yuca or Manioc is a native to South America. Cassava, or Tapioca as it is generally known, is an annual crop cultivated in tropical and subtropical locations. One of the largest sources of carbohydrates in the tropics after rice and corn, it is a major staple of food in the developing world. Cassava also functions really well as an edge to a path or garden bed, keeping some of the weeds out, and bringing purple and reddish hues to the color palette. Whenever cassava is on the menu—featuring a variety of homemade hot sauces and fire roasted cassava fries—it is a cherished culinary experience at Big Island Farms.
Sugar cane is a species of perennial tall grass native to South East Asia; very rich in sugar it measures up to six meters in height—although rare varieties exist. Commercial cultivated forms are interbred hybrids, and like maize, wheat, rice, as well as other staple crops, it has intrinsic value when placed on the commercial scale. At Big Island Farms we cultivate rare types of Saccharum, to maintain diversity as well as provide a unique taste in our cuisine.
Some members in our tropical plant family!
- Dwarf Coconuts
- Surinam Cherry
- Java Plum
- Tropical Pumpkin
- Bamboo (timber, edible, and ornamental)
“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”
― Masanobu Fukuoka