"ʻOno ka ʻulu pūlehu."

Translation:Roasted breadfruit is delicious.

March 4, 2019

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ʻUlu / Breadfruit

It is the traditional variety of breadfruit grown through the Hawaii archipelago for centuries. It was one of the ‘canoe plants’ brought by early Polynesian settlers from the Society Islands to Hawaii centuries ago.

There are numerous chants, proverbs, and legends about breadfruit. In one famous legend, the god Ku, fell in love with a human woman, married her, and raised a family. During a time of terrible famine, he transformed himself into a breadfruit tree to feed his family. The small root shoots that grew from the tree were spread to family and friends and the source of all ‘ulu trees in the islands.

Link: https://www.slowfoodusa.org/ark-item/hawaiian-ulu


What is the difference between pūlehu and kō'ala


Pūlehu was defined earlier in this lesson as "baked/broiled/grilled." The choose one term over another, then, seems way too random to exclude either of the other choices as correct.


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Pukui and Elbert distinguishes pūlehu as being for vegetables and kōʻala as being for meat. I don’t know if Hawaiians of today actually make that distinction, but it seems to match what DL gives.


Roasted is another choice of random preference. Can someone help me clarify this issue?


As I said above, I don’t know whether modern Hawaiian would be clear in the distinction. What I do know is we in English tend to play fast and loose with these cooking terms. I love to cook, but (rightly or wrongly) might use roasted, broiled, baked, and cooked all interchangeably for - let’s say - a chicken I made in the oven.


why isn't "the boiled breadfruit is delicious" accepted?


Itʻs not boiled, itʻs broiled. It does accept "the broiled breadfruit is delicious."


Is it really? I’ve never had breadfruit. Roasted vegetables are generally pretty good, especially if they are charred a bit. I’m guessing breadfruit is the same.

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