Back again yesterday morning at one of my all-time favorite places to shop for groceries, the Kapiolani Community College Farmers Market, where a new vendor shows up as usual, this time serving up ‘Ulu Hummus by ‘Ulu Mana Co. (d.b.a. Mauna Kea Tea). Oh yeah, baby, THAT’S what I’m talkin’ ’bout!
All you health food “nerds” who read this blog and shake your head at all the gastronomic debauchery that goes on here usually, are probably smiling right now, thinking, “Finally Pomai gets it”. Dude, I get it, trust me. I’m just as much a health food “nerd” as you are. I just like fun foodie things too. Which, hey, this looks and sounds like a fun new food find!
That all being said, first of all, what is ‘Ulu? Well, it’s also known as Breadfruit, and is very popular, especially in Samoa, being used in a variety of ways, primarily as a starch, similar to how Taro is to Hawaiians in the form of Poi and such.
As ‘Ulu Mana Company’s sign reads, the virtues of ‘Ulu Hummus are many:
- Hawaiian-grown ‘Ulu (Breadfruit)
- High in Protein, Vitamin C and Potassium
- Low-Moderate Glycemic Rating
- All Natural Ingredients (no preservatives)
- Supports Local Farmers
- 100% Delicious
From left to right of the first three of six varieties, we have ($7/16 oz. container; any 3 for $20):
- ‘ULU HUMMUS with SUN-DRIED TOMATOES: Hawaiian-grown ‘Ulu, Sun-dried Tomatoes, Olive Oil, Lemon Juice, Hawaiian Sea Salt, Tahini, Water, Garlic and Cumin
- ‘ULU HUMMUS with KABOCHA: Hawaiian-grown ‘Ulu, Kabocha (Japanese Pumpkin), Olive Oil, Lemon Juice, Hawaiian Sea Salt, Tahini, Cinnamon, Water, Garlic and Cumin
- ‘ULU HUMMUS with BEETS: Hawaiian-grown ‘Ulu, Beets, Olive Oil, Lemon Juice, Hawaiian Sea Salt, Tahini, Water, Garlic and Cumin
From left to right of the second three of six varieties, we have ($7/16 oz. container; any 3 for $20):
- ORIGINAL ‘ULU HUMMUS with TURMERIC: Hawaiian-grown ‘Ulu, Hawaiian Sea Salt, Olive Oil, Lemon Juice, Turmeric Powder, Tahini, Water, Garlic, Cumin and Paprika
- ‘ULU HUMMUS with SWEET POTATO: Hawaiian-grown ‘Ulu, Okinawan Sweet Potato, Olive Oil, Lemon Juice, Hawaiian Sea Salt, Tahini, Water, Garlic and Cumin
- ‘ULU HUMMUS with HAWAIIAN CHILI PEPPER: Hawaiian-grown ‘Ulu, Hawaiian Chili Peppers, Olive Oil, Lemon Juice, Hawaiian Sea Salt, Tahini, Water, Turmeric, Garlic and Cumin
And? I tried these two flavors shown right above, being the ‘Ulu Hummus with Okinawan Sweet Potato and ‘Ulu Hummus with Hawaiian Chili Pepper, and they both were BOMB DOT COM! OMG!!!! So, so, so ONO!!!! Dude, I swear, if someone served you this, you’d swear it was traditional Hummus made with Garbanzo Beans, not breadfruit. It’s so convincing of being the “real deal”, yet, IMO, better!
The Okinawan Sweet Potato ‘Ulu Hummus and Hawaiian Chili Pepper ‘Ulu Hummus both have just the right level of its advertised flavors to convince you what it is, yet not overpower the Tahini and Cumin in it, so you know it’s Hummus at its core.
I actually didn’t buy any on this initial sample tasting, however if they return next week, I’ll get one to try with various chips, and maybe in a Pita sandwich. Which is my only gripe here, being they’re $7 each for a relatively small 16 oz. tub, or $20 for any three. I think they should be around $5 each, and no more than that. Otherwise, this here ‘Ulu Hummus is in it to win it!
WHAT? ‘ULU HUMMUS
Who makes it? This huge Samoan dude named Abdulah Fata’ai. Nah, just kidding. lol ‘Ulu Mana Co., d.b.a. Mauna Kea Tea
Where can I buy it and how much does it cost? KCC Farmers Market; $7/16 oz. container; any 3 for $20
Big Shaka to: Both broke da’ mout’ ono ‘kine winnahz and super healthy! Tastes pretty much just like a Garbanzo Bean-based Hummus. Flavorings (i.e. Okinawan Sweet Potato and Hawaiian Chili Pepper) are well balanced, without overpowering it being Hummus (it still tastes like Hummus, not vice-versa). Nice gritty-creamy texture and perfect thickness for dipping.
No shaka to: Relatively pricey at $7 per 16 oz. container
The Tasty Island rating: 4 Ume Musubi (1 Musubi subtracted because of high price)
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P.S. One of the good things about living in Hawaii…