They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but what about your veggies? Many people do not get their recommended daily does of vegetables for some reason or another. Here, at Moku Roots — one of Maui’s favorite vegan and vegetarian restaurants — we make it easy to get your fill of greens in a delicious and satisfying way!
Vegetarianism and veganism are unarguably on the upturn. I mean, even McDonald’s is offering a vegan burger now, and the-McDonald’s-of-the-pizza-world — Pizza Hut — is even offering vegan cheese on their pizzas, so things are definitely on the up. Who knows, maybe one day there’ll be more choices on all restaurant menus than just a flipping veggie lasagna or – sigh – a veggie risotto.
Moku Roots has some very delectable, signature menu items that are available every time you come in…We also change up our menu everyday too! Not only is change the spice of life, but since we are committed to providing the Maui community with the freshest organic ingredients, whatever is in season and available greatly dictates what foods we serve too!
Let’s take a moment to talk about kalo — also known as taro. Taro is one of the earliest cultivated plants in the islands, and is therefore one of the most important resources to Hawaiians. Adding to its significance, the taro plant and its many components can be utilized in a wide variety of ways. Since the plant loves the growing conditions on Maui, and is very versatile, nutritious, and organic, it has become a key player in the green and vegan/vegetarian platform of Moku Roots as well!
Moku Roots’ menu is about 95% vegan and 100% vegetarian - offering local eggs - and operates with the absolute highest integrity of purchasing ingredients with putting locally sourced, organically grown, and minimal packaging above price and convenience always.
Maui is a place that most anything can not only grow — but thrive! When you look around, you’re bound to see a towering mango tree, a rambling lilikoi vine, or a ripe bunch of bananas. Since Maui has a wide range of micro-climates, that translates to a wide range of fruits and vegetables that can be grown locally.
When designing our menu at Moku Roots we did so with two main considerations.
One, we wanted to create recipes based around Maui grown produce and re-design classic recipes to feature local ingredients instead of whatever store bought ingredients they typically contain. The taro burger is a great example of the former and our yuca-based (and garbanzo free.. where on earth are garbanzos from anyways??) falafel is one of the latter.