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I understand that they are very closely related... A few people have told me that they taste exactly the same, but I read some places that say that Popo'ulu has an apple like taste, and I don't think I have ever seen anyone say that about Hua Moa. Has anyone here tasted them both and think that they taste similar or different? Thank you.
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They're in the same subgroup. I have heard that they might be the same plant.
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The full name of the HM is Popoulu Hua Moa. Try doing a search you guys.
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The full name of the HM is Popoulu Hua Moa. Try doing a search you guys.
I already knew the full name. That is not what I was asking for. There are several different cultivars from Hawaii that belong to the subgroup Popoulu. Three that are considered Huamoa and two or three that are not considered Hua Moas. There seems to be only two that have survived in Hawaii. One that is strictly called Hua Moa, that have big long fruit and small bunches. The other is called Popoulu that has larger bunches with shorter fruit. My research is now wanting to know how they taste. Thank you

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I would say Hua Moa has an apple taste if eaten fully ripe out of hand. I can find popoulus at KTA, one of the grocery chains here, and at our health food store, Island Naturals. They may be Hua Moa. I've also bought some sold as Hua Moa. I think the taste of other popoulus is very similar. The Kepler & Rust book gets very specific about the differences. They are definitely distinct varieties.
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I've got some that produce fruit bunches that look more like Popo'ulu and some that look like a Hua Moa should. When they tissue cultured them, they came out with a very wide range of sports. It is a very strange variety.
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I would say Hua Moa has an apple taste if eaten fully ripe out of hand. I can find popoulus at KTA, one of the grocery chains here, and at our health food store, Island Naturals. They may be Hua Moa. I've also bought some sold as Hua Moa. I think the taste of other popoulus is very similar. The Kepler & Rust book gets very specific about the differences. They are definitely distinct varieties.
Thank you Rob. A friend is going to give me a popoulu and I was curious. My neighbor has a Tongan popoulu called Hopa. I am going ask him for a keiki. So we can see how the Tongan popoulu rates

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I would say Hua Moa has an apple taste if eaten fully ripe out of hand. I can find popoulus at KTA, one of the grocery chains here, and at our health food store, Island Naturals. They may be Hua Moa. I've also bought some sold as Hua Moa. I think the taste of other popoulus is very similar. The Kepler & Rust book gets very specific about the differences. They are definitely distinct varieties.
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Julian, the book is great for us in Hawaii.
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I've had the Hopa too. Basically the same. Great cooking bananas.
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Julian, the book is great for us in Hawaii.
I have heard a lot of good things about it. How can I tell my wife that it would make a good birthday gift.
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I've got some that produce fruit bunches that look more like Popo'ulu and some that look like a Hua Moa should. When they tissue cultured them, they came out with a very wide range of sports. It is a very strange variety.
This guy has some popoulu at the end of this youtube clip. Looks like he's living with rotting fruit.

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Why do I get the impression that most organic farmers making videos on you tube smoke copious amounts of marijuana?
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Nick, you made me laugh my ass off. You hit the nail on the head. Anyone remember Spicoli from Fast Time at Ridgemont High? Apparently he lives in Hawaii now.
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Nick, you made me laugh my ass off. You hit the nail on the head. Anyone remember Spicoli from Fast Time at Ridgemont High? Apparently he lives in Hawaii now.

Don't get me wrong I realize that not all organic growers are that way, but I have come across more than my fair share with my involvement in farming. I used to work for the largest organic grower in the state, but most of the organic farmers didn't like us because we were in it for the money. I figure several thousand acres of organic sugarcane and organic rice should have made somebody happy.
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