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How An Ancient Hawaiian Food Still Makes It To The Plate — Dining on a Dime
How An Ancient Hawaiian Food Still Makes It To The Plate — Dining on a Dime
Published: 2017/02/22
Channel: Eater
Hawaiian Culture Video: The Tradition of Poi Making
Hawaiian Culture Video: The Tradition of Poi Making
Published: 2014/09/10
Channel: Where Traveler
Americans Try Hawaii Food For The First Time
Americans Try Hawaii Food For The First Time
Published: 2014/08/16
Channel: Boldly
How to Make Hawaiian Poi with Reppun Farms Hawaiian Kalo
How to Make Hawaiian Poi with Reppun Farms Hawaiian Kalo
Published: 2016/05/05
Channel: Menehunes
How to Eat Traditional Hawaiian Food in Honolulu (in HD)
How to Eat Traditional Hawaiian Food in Honolulu (in HD)
Published: 2012/04/19
Channel: Mark Wiens
How To: Make Hawaiian Poi
How To: Make Hawaiian Poi
Published: 2015/07/20
Channel: TheCoconetTV
Poi
Poi
Published: 2016/12/19
Channel: Hawaiian Skies
Mixing my poi - Luau dish #3
Mixing my poi - Luau dish #3
Published: 2011/09/08
Channel: CookingAndCrafting
Poi Malasadas From Kamehameha Bakery Are Doughnuts Taken To A New Level — Deconstructed
Poi Malasadas From Kamehameha Bakery Are Doughnuts Taken To A New Level — Deconstructed
Published: 2017/03/07
Channel: Eater
The Real Story of Hawaiian Poi with Daniel Anthony of Mana Ai
The Real Story of Hawaiian Poi with Daniel Anthony of Mana Ai
Published: 2012/10/30
Channel: HabilitatHawaii
SamoaFood.com How to make Poi - Samoan banana pudding
SamoaFood.com How to make Poi - Samoan banana pudding
Published: 2011/04/17
Channel: PanipoposKitchen
Poi Mochi ~ Fried
Poi Mochi ~ Fried
Published: 2016/07/18
Channel: CookingAndCrafting
Poi 2014
Poi 2014
Published: 2014/01/21
Channel: JoveeKovee
Hawaii-Style Doughnuts Made with Poi
Hawaii-Style Doughnuts Made with Poi
Published: 2017/12/11
Channel: INSIDER food
Welcome To The Traditional Recipe For Poi
Welcome To The Traditional Recipe For Poi
Published: 2011/06/17
Channel: Mana Ai Daniel Anthony
The BEST Baby Food | Superfood Poi
The BEST Baby Food | Superfood Poi
Published: 2014/04/22
Channel: mom's a mess
Eating poi in Hawaii
Eating poi in Hawaii
Published: 2009/09/09
Channel: Aaron Ledet
Remy Eats Poi (Food Oddities - www.foododdities.com)
Remy Eats Poi (Food Oddities - www.foododdities.com)
Published: 2009/08/21
Channel: FoodOddities
FOOD IN HAWAII VLOG 3/5  (Poi Factory, Don Quijote, Cinematic)
FOOD IN HAWAII VLOG 3/5 (Poi Factory, Don Quijote, Cinematic)
Published: 2017/10/08
Channel: Zoe Ramseyer
Making
Making 'ulu poi with 'Anakala Isaiah Kealoha
Published: 2012/01/08
Channel: HIHomegrown
How to make poi at home using a food processor
How to make poi at home using a food processor
Published: 2010/09/29
Channel: Olin Lagon
What is...Poi?
What is...Poi?
Published: 2010/03/08
Channel: livelife365
Poi Hand-Pounded to Perfection in Hawaii
Poi Hand-Pounded to Perfection in Hawaii
Published: 2017/12/01
Channel: INSIDER
Food for thought - Poi
Food for thought - Poi
Published: 2016/11/02
Channel: Konnected
How-to make poi ...traditional Hawaiian food
How-to make poi ...traditional Hawaiian food
Published: 2016/06/23
Channel: Iver Marjerison
Jacen Spinning poi @ food for folks 2017
Jacen Spinning poi @ food for folks 2017
Published: 2017/06/26
Channel: john cox
Crabs & Hawaiian Food 🌺 Laulau, Poi Mukbang + Story Time
Crabs & Hawaiian Food 🌺 Laulau, Poi Mukbang + Story Time
Published: 2017/08/04
Channel: Sunny Sharde
Taro Brand Hawaiian Poi Powder Taste Test
Taro Brand Hawaiian Poi Powder Taste Test
Published: 2013/06/06
Channel: Chalette Hodge
cooking up some poi
cooking up some poi
Published: 2015/01/04
Channel: playpoi
FERMENTED FOODS RECIPES   HOW TO HAWAIIAN FOOD (POI)
FERMENTED FOODS RECIPES HOW TO HAWAIIAN FOOD (POI)
Published: 2016/10/30
Channel: Kula Foods
Waihole Poi Factory in 4K
Waihole Poi Factory in 4K
Published: 2016/07/20
Channel: Lawrence Lau in 4K
So Ono, So Delicious Cooking Show: Poi Balls
So Ono, So Delicious Cooking Show: Poi Balls
Published: 2012/11/28
Channel: kybc808
The Poi Pounder
The Poi Pounder
Published: 2008/10/13
Channel: JBKalani
What is poi?
What is poi?
Published: 2010/04/14
Channel: TowardLivingPono
Poi Pounding with Aunty Tweety Lind 1st Annual Princess Kaiulani Festival
Poi Pounding with Aunty Tweety Lind 1st Annual Princess Kaiulani Festival
Published: 2008/11/09
Channel: Maui Now
Traditional Poi Pounding Blocked From Public
Traditional Poi Pounding Blocked From Public
Published: 2010/05/19
Channel: KITV
POI - Bandit Camp / Trading Fort / Food Mart (7 Days to Die: Alpha 14) - GSBS
POI - Bandit Camp / Trading Fort / Food Mart (7 Days to Die: Alpha 14) - GSBS
Published: 2016/03/31
Channel: Gaming Step By Step
Poi is One of USA Today
Poi is One of USA Today's 20 Iconic Regional Foods
Published: 2013/07/12
Channel: Ashish Goyal
Vedi NAPOLI e poi MANGI • Post-Montelago Pt.2 [VLOG ESTATE 2016]
Vedi NAPOLI e poi MANGI • Post-Montelago Pt.2 [VLOG ESTATE 2016]
Published: 2016/11/05
Channel: HumanSafari
World of Warships - A Brief History of Poi
World of Warships - A Brief History of Poi
Published: 2016/12/12
Channel: NoZoupForYou
How to make poi using a mixer (super easy, super yummy)
How to make poi using a mixer (super easy, super yummy)
Published: 2012/08/20
Channel: Olin Lagon
Authentic Odia Poi Macha Munda Chechada | Bou Rosei#10 | Malabar Spinach and Rohu Fish Head Curry
Authentic Odia Poi Macha Munda Chechada | Bou Rosei#10 | Malabar Spinach and Rohu Fish Head Curry
Published: 2017/05/12
Channel: SmrutiPandab
Making Poi at home in Hawaii
Making Poi at home in Hawaii
Published: 2016/02/22
Channel: Keiki Fun Time
How to make Poi Mochi
How to make Poi Mochi
Published: 2016/05/05
Channel: Jayden You
POI SHOP
POI SHOP
Published: 2013/06/07
Channel: melbo975
Poi Pounding Feature on BITV
Poi Pounding Feature on BITV
Published: 2011/02/04
Channel: Big Island Television, Hawaii
Poi Chingudi Ghanta - Prawns Recipe...
Poi Chingudi Ghanta - Prawns Recipe...
Published: 2017/07/03
Channel: Entertainment Dhaba
Poi, Peruvian food and Playing it off. | VEDA 2
Poi, Peruvian food and Playing it off. | VEDA 2
Published: 2013/08/02
Channel: One3rdNinja
JJ Ahuna and Ohana eating "Fish and Poi" on vacation.
JJ Ahuna and Ohana eating "Fish and Poi" on vacation.
Published: 2016/05/11
Channel: JJ Ahuna
Authentic Odia Poi Macha Munda Chechada for chadakhai|ଛାଡଖାଇ ପାଇଁ ପୋଇ ମାଛ ମୁଣ୍ଡ ଛେଚଡ଼ା|Fishhead Curry
Authentic Odia Poi Macha Munda Chechada for chadakhai|ଛାଡଖାଇ ପାଇଁ ପୋଇ ମାଛ ମୁଣ୍ଡ ଛେଚଡ଼ା|Fishhead Curry
Published: 2017/11/05
Channel: SmrutiPandab
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A bowl of poi showing a typical consistency

Poi is a Hawaiian word for the primary Polynesian staple food made from the underground plant stem or corm of the taro plant (known in Hawaiian as kalo). It is a traditional part of Native Hawaiian cuisine.

Poi is produced by mashing the cooked corm (baked or steamed) until it is a highly viscous fluid. Water is added during mashing and again just before eating to achieve the desired consistency, which can range from liquid to dough-like. As such, poi can be known as "one-finger," "two-finger," or "three-finger" poi depending on the consistency, alluding to how many fingers are required to scoop it up in order to eat it (the thicker the poi, the fewer fingers required to scoop a sufficient mouthful). Poi can be eaten immediately when fresh and sweet, or left a bit longer to ferment.

Poi made from taro should not be confused with

History and culture[edit]

Hawaiian men pounding poi, c. 1890
Making poi in a traditional way

Taro, a root vegetable and the primary poi ingredient, was highly regarded by Hawaiians, who believed that the taro plant, or kalo, was the original ancestor of the Hawaiian people. Poi was considered such an important and sacred aspect of daily Hawaiian life that it was believed that the spirit of Hāloa, the legendary ancestor of the Hawaiian people, was present when a bowl of poi was uncovered for consumption at the family dinner table. Accordingly, all conflict among family members was required to come to an immediate halt.[1]

Although many of the world's people consume taro, only Hawaiians make poi. Hawaiians traditionally cook the starchy, potato-like heart of the taro root for hours in an underground oven called an imu. An imu is also used to cook other types of food such as pork, carrots and sweet potatoes.[2]

In recent years, taro-production shortages (resulting from pests and labor shortages) have resulted in higher prices for poi in Hawaiʻi. At the same time, innovations in poi production have resulted in poi that stays fresh longer and tastes sweeter. However, such products generally sell at a premium price and require refrigeration.

Food[edit]

Poi has a paste-like texture and a delicate flavor, with a pale purple color that derives from that of the taro corm. The flavor changes distinctly once the poi has been made. Fresh poi is sweet and edible all by itself. Each day thereafter the poi loses sweetness and turns slightly sour, due to a natural fermentation that involves lactobacillus, yeast, and Geotrichum.[3] Therefore, some people find poi more palatable if it is mixed with milk and/or sugar. The speed of this fermentation process depends upon the bacteria level in the poi.[4] To slow the souring process, poi can be stored in a cool, dark location. Commercial poi stored in a refrigerator can be squeezed out of the bag into a bowl, and a thin layer of water drizzled over the top to keep a crust from forming.

Sour poi is still edible, and is usually served with salted fish or lomi salmon on the side. Sourness is prevented by freezing or dehydrating, although the resulting poi tends to be bland in comparison to the fresh product. Sour poi is also used as a cooking ingredient, usually in breads and rolls. It has a smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

Special dietary and medical uses[edit]

Taro is low in fat, high in vitamin A, and abounds in complex carbohydrates.[5]

Poi has been used as a milk substitute or baby food for babies.[6] It contains no gluten, and as such is safe for ingestion by people with celiac disease or gluten intolerance.[6]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ GRAIN | Seedling | 2006 | Haloa
  2. ^ "What Is Poi Anyway?", Retrieved on November 13, 2012.
  3. ^ McGee, Harold. On Food and Cooking. Scriber, 2004. ISBN 978-0684800011, pg. 295
  4. ^ Brown, AC; Valiere, A. "The medicinal uses of poi". Nutr Clin Care. 7: 69–74. PMC 1482315Freely accessible. PMID 15481740. 
  5. ^ "Powered By Poi" Archived 2011-10-08 at the Wayback Machine. Maui No Ka 'Oi Magazine Vol.11 No.4 (July 2007)
  6. ^ a b Brown, AC; Valiere, A. "The medicinal uses of poi". Nutr Clin Care. 7: 69–74. PMC 1482315Freely accessible. PMID 15481740. 

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