Diversified Agriculture in Hawai’i

Cacao and new tea farmer Melanie Boudar of Sweet Paradise Chocolates on Maui

Cacao and new tea farmer Melanie Boudar of Sweet Paradise Chocolates

There are many diversified ag farmers around the state growing all sorts of crops from staples to exotics.  Diversified ag plays an important role in our economy.  The collective effort of these growers increase our state’s nutrition pool, food security and value-added crop production.  I always learn something and leave humble after visiting a farm like this one on Maui.  And tea is right there in the mix!

From Farm to Cup

From Farm to Cup

These 20,000 keiki tea plants are heading to farms around the state. Sponsored by the State of Hawaii Department of Agriculture, this two year project sets out to start 20 new tea farms and double the number of acres in cultivation.  Big Island Tea oversees the project’s propagation.  Big Island Tea has been growing and making tea in Hawai’i for over ten years.  They were selected for the project because of their passion and expertise but also because they produce outstanding, world class tea.

Follow us on this journey, from farm to cup, for more ono-licious Hawaiian grown tea.

Is EGCG a Life Saver?

Its common knowledge tea has many health benefits. The main reason for these benefits is an antioxidant with a long name.

Antioxidants in tea called catechins cleanse free radicals from our bodies that can damage DNA and contribute to cancer, blood clots, and atherosclerosis (heart disease). Grapes and berries, red wine, and dark chocolate also have potent antioxidants. However, the unique catechin found in tea is called epigallocatechin-3-gallate, more easily referred to as EGCG.

EGCG antioxidants protect against the negative effects of UV rays, pollution, smoking, the aging process and some cancerous tumors.  EGCG may be beneficial to heart and circulatory health. Studies have also shown EGCG stimulates thermogenesis, a process that is central to weight loss.

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