Although crab, mushrooms, mango and pineapple all have tropical associations….
only crabs and mushrooms are native to Hawaii.
Pineapple and mangoes, ubiquitous symbols of tropical islands, are 19th century immigrants to Hawaii.
During the past 200 years Hawaii has become an archipelago of diverse cultural influences. All transitions create controversy, but, fortunately, they rarely involve food.
In my recipe, classic crab cakes, made with wild caught Maryland blue crab, are grilled over hardwood charcoal for an island flavor.
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