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Versatile pia's starchy roots used for thickening haupia

By Heidi Bornhorst

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Nov 19, 2012

~~<p><strong>Question:</strong> How did they thicken coconut cream to make haupia in old Hawaii? I know they didn't have cornstarch. I heard about pia. Is this plant hard to grow? I was given one and am so scared about taking care of it. It's rare, no? Does it go moemoe (sleep) in winter in Hawaii? What do I do then? -- Kupuna 'Iuliana</p>
<p><strong>Answer:</strong> Pia is an important laau (plant) carried here by ancient Polynesians. It is somewhat rare in modern Hawaii.</p>
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Question: How did they thicken coconut cream to make haupia in old Hawaii? I know they didn't have cornstarch. I heard about pia. Is this plant hard to grow? I was given one and am so scared about taking care of it. It's rare, no? Does it go moemoe (sleep) in winter in Hawaii? What do I do then? -- Kupuna 'Iuliana

Answer: Pia is an important laau (plant) carried here by ancient Polynesians. It is somewhat rare in modern Hawaii. Login for more...



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