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haole seeds

Haole seeds

Grows very well in arid tropical climates and can become a pest species in such climates. Grows best under full sun, needs little water or care once established. Very fast grower. Grows in practically any soil type, doesn’t mind salt spray.

Young pods are cooked and eaten as vegetables. Seeds can be used as a substitute for coffee, and when cooked can be eaten like popcorn. Commonly used in tropical regions as cattle fodder. Larger growing trees are used to shade coffee and cacao plantations. Hard seeds are incorporated into jewelery. Historically, the bark was used to treat stomach pain, and as a contraceptive.

Seeds are not available for the Koa Haole. Please visit our seed store to view current selections.


Shrubby bush or tree often only to 6-8ft but occasionally to 30-60ft. The tree has a huge wealth of uses, and is an extremely fast-grower, but care should be taken in some regions to control growth as the seeds are easily dispersed by birds and grazing cattle.

Only mildly hardy, probably not surviving temperatures lower than 32F.


By seed, upon which seedlings can take less than 12 months to come into bearing.

Shrubby, arid climate tree with a world of uses, most notably for cattle fodder, and decoration.

Haole seeds

To make this I harvested mature pods hanging from the tree, the seeds were all bright green. I soaked 1/2 cup of haole koa seeds in water overnight (throw away the pods that hold several seeds), then dump out the water. I also soaked 1 cup of organic soybeans and 1/2 cup of Job’s Tears. The haole koa seeds were rapidly boiled twice, for

Haole koa (Leucaena leucocephala) tempeh, it’s what’s for dinner. Baby Zeb has even gotten into eating this wild food creation. My haole koa, Job’s Tear grain, organic soybean tempeh has an aroma of baked bread. Yes, this is one of the most invasive plants on our islands. I know you know it! Check Starr Environmental to see photos and help with identification.


Thank You so much, Sunny!
I live on St Croix in the Caribbean and we have koa haole ALL OVER (called tan tan here). I just made this and it is fantastic. You have changed our lives.

Oh this looks nummy!

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Tempeh with mature green seeds of koa haole (Leucaena leucocephala)