Celebrity chef Sam Choy, Hawai‘i's ‘Ulu Ambassador. Photo courtesy of National Tropical Botanical Garden

Celebrity chef Sam Choy, Hawai‘i’s ‘Ulu Ambassador. Photo courtesy of National Tropical Botanical Garden

Where you ever curious about what an ‘ulu, or breadfruit, tastes like? If so, this is your chance to feed your curiosity. If you already know about breadfruit, you probably won’t want to miss this.

Celebrity chef and Hawai‘i’s ‘ulu ambassador Sam Choy will present a cooking demonstration at Times Supermarket in Kuku‘i Grove Center in Līhu‘e this Saturday, from noon to 2 p.m.

The event is a part of the Breadfruit vs. Potato initiative, a good-humored public education campaign with a goal of increasing the use of a Hawaiian staple food as a substitute for the imported potato.

“Breadfruit is one of our native foods here in Hawai‘i and is so easy and delicious to cook with, and it’s healthy, too. Healthier than eating white potato,” Choy said.

The chef will share his vast knowledge of cooking ‘ulu and his favorite recipes that can be made using breadfruit instead of potatoes.

The Līhu‘e event is one of many taking place throughout the state during September, which has been declared by Governor David Ige, Kaua‘i Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. and other mayors throughout the state as “Ho‘oulu Ka ‘Ulu O Hawai‘i Nei Month,” a time to “lift up and celebrate ‘ulu.”

A key to increasing food self-sufficiency in Hawai‘i is to substitute locally grown staples for imported foods. Each year, 57 million pounds of fresh and processed potato are imported into the state. Food security in Hawai‘i would be enhanced if even a fraction of that was replaced with breadfruit.