An unripe Akala berry and leaves
An Akala flower with leaves and a new berry
A ripe Akala berry

‘Akala (Rubus macraei) is a native Hawaiian raspberry. It’s unusual for its large edible berries and slightly thorny stems. Most Hawaiian native plants didn’t need such lures or defenses because there were no grazing animals in Hawaii until their introduction by humans.

The berries are larger than non-native blackberries, but less sweet, and their juice was used as a dye in days gone by.


10 thoughts on “Akala

  1. Razz

    The next time you come across them try.
    Crushed with a bit of sugar on some type of sweet bread and some whip cream or ice cream. I think that will make them tasty.

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