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maiʻa pōpō ʻulu / maiʻa pō.pō ʻulu / Pukui-Elbert Haw to Eng,

n., A Hawaiian variety of banana, with short, green trunk; one of two varieties not taboo to women in old times; the root of young plants used medicinally. Fruit is rounded and yellow, the flesh salmon-pink, edible raw but preferred baked. Literally, breadfruit ball-like banana.

  • References:
    • HP 177.

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