Here we are at FoodEx. Japan 2015. This is our first time and we are very excited and proud to be a part of this great exhibition that takes place once a year in Tokyo. Our Honey and other products are artistically crammed into a small space about one meter ( a little over a yard ) wide. GIH is in Building 6E10. It is tight but we are having lots of fun meeting new people, making new friends and introducing our delicious Kaua’i honey to Japan.
During our first year here at FoodEx Tokyo, we are introducing three new Honeys. The first is Hilo Ohia-Lihua Honey. This flower is one of the few honey producing plants native to the Hawaiian Islands. This flower is sacred to the Volcano goddess Pele as well as to the hula goddess Laka. The honey made from these blossoms can be golden to almost white in color with a light delicate flavor which goes well with Gorgonzola cheese pizza or brochetta.
Our second is Kukui Honey from Kaua’i. Kukui was introduced to Hawaii by the Polynesians who came and settled Hawaii. It is called a polynesian canoe plant and was vital to the survival of the settlers of the Hawaiian Islands. There are a multitude of uses for various products made from kukui. The honey produced form the Kukui flower is medium golden in color with a slightly nutty flavor. Kukui goes great with camembert cheese brochetta topped with honey mixed dried cranberries and walnuts. Yummm!
Third is our amazing Kaua’i Christmas Berry Honey. The Christmas berry was introduced from Brazil before the 1900’s as an ornamental tree. The berries can be dried and used to season fish, poultry and meats for a pungent, astringent like pepper flavor. The honey produced from its blossoms is medium amber to dark in color and has a rich satisfying flavor. I like using it to make pound cake and it is excellent in braided brioche. Christmas Berry honey gives it that Kings Hawaiian Bread taste.
It is amazing how many people of different nations and cultures came from so far away to Japan for this event. Japanese also came from the far reaches of Japan. Yesterday, I spoke with people from Tokyo, Yokohama, Chiba, Nagano, Kyushu and Northern Japan. They come from many walks of life. I met restaurant owners, shopkeepers, chefs, traders, manufacturers and a surfer who does Hawaiian Lomi Lomi and Acupunture! An eclectic group of people for sure. Thank you all for coming by our booth and trying our products. We hope you like the honey as much as we enjoyed meeting you! If you have not come by yet, please come and say hi and try our honey. We would love to meet you and “Talk Story” as we say in Kaua’i about our handmade products. Blessings!