Fruit Tree of Yesterday: Hala


Hala Fruit
This is an interesting looking fruit. I’ve never had one before, but it’s supposed to be delicious. It’s native to Polynesia, so Hawaii is probably the only place in the US you’ll find it.

Another name for the tree is pandan, and some people grow pandan in Florida. However, usually when you find a pandan tree, it’s actually a different type that doesn’t put off the good fruit, and it’s usually grown just for the leaves to be used as an herb. So I can’t actually find any information about how to grow hala fruit in Florida, or if that tyep of tree can live in Florida. That’s my next research project. An interesting fact about hala trees is there are separate male and female trees. If you want fruit, you have to plant both.

More information:
How it tastes
How to grow (in Hawaii)