Why You Should Drink and Eat Local in Hawaii
Did you know Hawaii imports 85% of its food? Thousands of miles of open ocean is a long way for our food to travel, especially when delicious, nutritious food can grow here year-round. Here are some compelling reasons why you should drink and eat local in Hawaii, whether you’re visiting, or live here year-round.
Fruits and veggies begin to lose their nutritional value as soon as they’re picked, and produce bred to have a long shelf life contain fewer nutrients to begin with. A recent study from the Cancer Research Center of Hawaii shows that local mangoes and oranges on Hawaii contain up to 150% more vitamin C than their mainland counterparts. Vitamins B, E, A, as well as flavonoids, are also more concentrated in locally-grown foods.
Fruit and vegetables distributed around the country are bred for one purpose: cost-effectiveness. That means only a handful of varieties with a long shelf life and fast growth rate are available on grocery store shelves. Locally-grown foods available at farmers’ markets, however, are available in dozens of unique varieties, each with its own unique look and flavor.
Due to the high costs of shipping, imported food is extremely expensive. That’s why most food on Hawaii costs 30% more than the mainland. Buying local food is not only more affordable, it helps support local farmers and a more sustainable way of life.
Simply put, island-grown food is more nutritious, flavorful and affordable than the bland food shipped in from thousands of miles away. That’s why Alchemy Maui is proud to offer our fresh, farm-to-table menu of local kombucha and delicious food. Get the most nutrition, and best flavor, from your food: eat local in Hawaii.