AARP Hawai`i Neighbor Talk: Create Salads, Stir-fries With Edible Weeds

Posted on 06/23/22

At first glance, that overgrown vacant lot and patch of wild plants by the side of the road appear full of weeds. But if you know what to look for, what appear to be common weeds are actually tasty greens that can be used in salads, soups and stir-fries.

Gale Chan and Budit Kanisthakhon are part of a group called EATING IN PUBLIC and will be sharing information about and cooking edible weeds at a free webinar, sponsored by AARP Hawai`i. Their goal is to change the way people think about weeds, many of which are edible, nutritious, and delicious. Some are medicinal, attract pollinators, and replenish depleted soil.

Chan and Kanisthakhorn’s presentation is part of AARP Hawai`i’s Tuesday Neighbor Talks series. The webinars in the series highlight interests and talents of our neighbors through talks and demonstrations led by AARP volunteers and partners in our community. Other webinars will teach participants about creating an acrylic painting, how to take pictures with an iPhone and making your own greeting cards.

Register for any of AARP’s events by going to or the AARP Hawai`i Facebook page, clicking on Upcoming Events and selecting the event or events you are interested in to get to the registration page. You can also call AARP toll-free at 1-999-OUR-AARP (687-2277).

AARP Hawai`i Neighbor Talks on Tuesdays:

July 12 at 2 p.m.:   Edible Weeds in Hawai`i
July 19 at 10 a.m.: iPhone Photography
July 26 at 10 a.m.: Make Your Own Greeting Cards

Other AARP Hawai`i Events in July:

July 15 at 6:30 p.m.: Movie Night – “Stillwater”
July 18 at 1 p.m.: Member and Military Appreciation Shave Ice (Oahu)
July 29 at 10 a.m.: Understanding Gender Pronounces for the LGBTQ Community

This story is provided by AARP Hawaii. Visit the AARP Hawaii page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.

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