Mamaki, magic of Hawai'i
Beautiful Hawai'i, known for its lush forests, powerful and terrifying volcanoes,
white sandy beaches, and marvelous wildlife is full of many ancient treasures. Most people will never have the pleasure to find, but thankfully one such treasure, the endemic nettle Mamaki,
has been making its way across the mainlands of the United States of America. Where do we find such a treat you may ask? Well, it could be steeping in your cup of tea.
Mamaki (Pipturus albidus) has been mesmerizing tea drinkers across the world recently with its rich earthy flavors paired with a natural subtle sweetness. Unlike Camellia sinensis, what we know as the tea plant, Mamaki can be steeped for as long as you desire enriching the brew with more flavor and nutrients, without getting bitter.
Healers have used this herb since ancient times because it is packed full of antioxidants, with strong cancer fighting properties, catechins which help your skin adapt to UV and protect you from skin damage and stimulate your mind in a natural way.
Mamaki also releases nitrogen into the soil, helping to repair damaged soil that has been over planted and supports the Hawaiian Economy. Continue to check back for more information about this awesome and magical plant.