Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Thank God for Mana

From our customer suggestion box: You should sell "Thank God for Mana" bumper stickers, because that's how I feel!

Monday, January 30, 2012

A tuberose by any other name . . .

In China, tuberose is called WanXiangYu "night fragrant jade," "flower as precious as jade and becoming fragrant at night," YeLaiXiang "fragrance that comes at night" or YueXiaXian "fragrance under the moon".

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Did you know?

Tuberose's Hindi name is "Rajnigandha" which means "night-fragrant"

Friday, January 27, 2012

Sample Maui Preserved

Tonight! Friday, January 27th 6-8:30pm, Maui Preserved will be sampling their handcrafted and island grown products. The mission of Maui Preserved is to make food grown on these islands for these islands. Jar by jar, they are reversing the percentage of food products shipped into our state. Maui Preserved starts with the highest-quality, locally sourced ingredients and captures them at the peak of freshness for your enjoyment year round. They know produce and that when picked and eaten at the pinnacle of ripeness it has exceptional flavors, is packed with nutrients. They preserve the flavor and nutrients inside the jar for you to enjoy on island or anywhere in the world.

Thursday, January 26, 2012


Right now, we have beautiful Kula grown tuberose flowers at a great price This night blooming flower is famed for it's heady, complex, exotic, sweet floral scent.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Veggie humor

"An onion can make people cry but there's never been a vegetable that can make people laugh" - Will Rogers

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Did you know?

Bluberries are related to azaleas, camellias, heathers, and rhododendrons?

Monday, January 23, 2012

Hawaii love

"Hawaii is not a state of mind, but a state of grace." Paul Theroux

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Did you know?

Strawberries are not really a fruit or a berry but the enlarged receptacle of the flower?

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Fourth Fridays in Paia

You are invited every Fourth Friday when Paia throws a party from 6-9pm! This month on Friday, January 27th at Mana Foods from 6-8:30, Maui Preserved will be sampling their locally grown and produced products inside the store at the bamboo tiki bar.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Mana Foods Plans Extensive Renovations in Paia

Mana Health Foods, Inc. - the long running natural foods grocery and health products store in Paia – plans extensive renovation, according to store manager Theresa Thielk.
The sprawling establishment, which began in 1983 as a 400 square foot juice bar with a single worker, now has 110 employees. It has expanded over the years into an eclectic assortment of adjoining buildings and property.
Thielk said improvements to all areas will begin as soon as county permit processing is completed.

Read the rest of the article Photo and article by Susan Halas

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Blueberry Bonanza!

Amazing prices and a massive abundance of blueberries. Perfect for snacks, pies or freezing to use in smoothies!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Did you know?

The expression “a cup of Joe” to denote coffee, was first coined during WWII, when American servicemen (G.I. Joe) were identified as big coffee drinkers.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Did you know?

Sheep cheese has more calcium & protein, and less cholesterol than cow cheeses.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Fresh Coconuts

Sold in our produce department. Just ask a produce staff member to pop the top so you can access the delicious water inside. Coconut water in excellent for rehydration and the electrolyte content is more than double that of traditional sports drinks with about ½ the carbohydrates.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Did you know?

The only cheeses native to the United States are American, jack, brick, and colby. All other types are modeled after cheeses brought to the country by European settlers.

Friday, January 13, 2012

More love for Mana Foods

"You folks are the best. Mana no ka oi, I always feel happy to come to Mana where I know I will receive the best possible choices, the best prices, the best assistance. I am so grateful for all the different types of expertise there and your willingness to share information and take the time. Thanks for all you do to make Mana, well, Mana! Absolute Mahalos!!"

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Did you know?

Cheese production and consumption predates recorded history and scholars believe it began as early as 8000 BC.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Cooking with Meyer lemons

The skin is so thin and tender it can be eaten. You can candy the peel with superfine sugar or using in savory dishes, like roasted vegetables and baked fish. Or, you can arrange thin slices of Meyer lemons on a pizza crust and top with goat cheese, rosemary and Picholine olives.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Local Lemons!

Local lemons, especially the Meyer lemons are in season. The Meyer Lemon Tree is named after Frank Meyer, a USDA employee, who brought the variety to the United States from China in 1908. The Meyer lemon is especially sweet, juicy, fragrant and thin skinned.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Did you know?

Avocados have 1.6 times as much potassium as bananas.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Peak Avocado season!

Sharwil avocados are in abundance at Mana Foods. The sharwil variety represents more than 57% of the commercial acreage in Hawaii and have small seeds and greenish-yellow flesh with a rich, nutty flavor.

Monday, January 2, 2012

We love you too!

From one of our customers via a suggestion card: "You are amazing, don't change a thing. Yay for supporting local farms." (heart and peace sign)

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

"We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential." ~Ellen Goodman.