Kumu Farms actually began right here on Oahu’s North Shore in 1980, on just 2 acres of land. Since then, they've migrated to the island of Molokai, and now farm over 120 acres on the Mahana-Ho’olehua Plain. Each week, they harvest 20,000 pounds of papaya, 4,000 pounds of Sweet Basil, and 500 pounds of other fresh herbs, including many specialty crops. And today, over half of their acreage is co-certified Organic.
Their uniquely remote location on Molokai has helped make the transition to organic practices easier. Kumu Farms is one of the largest certified organic producers in Hawai’i and one of the only farms certified by the oldest farm-certifier in the U.S., the Organic Tilth of Salem, Oregon. Not only do they have a long history of sustainable farming, but they've continued to provide jobs for over 25 local residents, some of whom have been working the farm for over 30 years.
The launch of Kumu Farms Fresh Basil Pesto began in 1994. With basil and Italian Parsley grown on their farm, Macadamia Nut grown on the Big Island, Premium Olive oil, canola oil, Parmesan and Pecorino Romano cheese round out the ingredients of this fresh and delicious pesto. Each batch is hand-made to order. Very aromatic and packed full of flavor, you can use it sparingly as a little goes a long way. Definitely great on pasta, but you should also try it on pizza, chicken, and seafood. There are endless uses for this “Hawaiian style” pesto, but here are 10 great ways to apply Kumu Farms fresh basil pesto in your cooking:
Hope you enjoy these great local flavors and let us know what you think!