edible poli poli - Knowledgebase Question

Denver, CO (Zone 5A)
Question by mikeyowell
July 12, 2007
In Hawaii, natives used poli poli for their tatoos. My mom's family brought these same berries back to Kansas from Germany, which is one of my favorite meal bases. The co-op in HI said they could be poisoinous if planted next to zuccini or something. Do you know what their real name is? They're dark purple, round like a pea, and very sweet. The bush stands about 2' high. Let me know anything you can about these. My mom just calls them blueberries. Thanks, Wendy


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Answer from NGA
July 12, 2007

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Without seeing the plant, I can't positively identify it for you but the University of Hawaii lists Vaccinium reticulatum, a type of blueberry, as a native plant in the Poli Poli region. I wonder if this is your plant. Here's a web address with lots of photos which will help you determine whether or not this is the plant you are growing: http://www.hear.org/starr/hipl...

If this is your plant, the berries are edible. Planting near zucchini won't change the edibility of either the squash or the blueberries.

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