Wednesday, March 9, 2005

Maui Cabbage Shortage Comes To A Head

MAUI, Hawaii (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A cabbage shortage may leave some Hawaiians on Maui green with envy this St. Patrick’s Day.

The island is facing a shortage of head cabbage just before the Irish holiday. However, the green stuff remains plentiful on Oahu and the Big Island.

Maui growers say February’s rain kept them from spraying their crop to repel cabbage-attacking insects. The heads that did manage to grow this year are also smaller than last year’s batch.

Mark Hudson, director of the statistical office for the Hawaiian Department of Agriculture, says production of head cabbage is down by about 25 percent, but Hudson doesn’t expect the shortage will leave Hawaiians crying in their green beer.

He says, “It won’t be a crisis, especially when you’re living in paradise.”

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