Maori Potatoes

Since having an International student living with me I also get the opportunity to see, do and cook new things. I came across Maori Potatoes on Monday and decided to try it. I first had to look up what it was and how to cook it.

It really surprised me.

I forgot to take a photo before cooking it.

Here is the cooked end product.

Tastes very good!

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It has a dark purple skin.

You may or may not peel it.

Boiled like potatoes.

It is a firm potato which can also be used to fry or bake.

Delicious!

History

Māori have grown taewa in New Zealand for over 200 years. Taewa are a tāonga, or treasure, and have significant cultural and historical value in New Zealand. Taewa originated in South America over 2,000 years ago and were first brought to New Zealand by European explorers in the late 18th century. Māori gave the traditional cultivars Māori names and have continued to grow them ever since.

http://www.5aday.co.nz/facts-and-tips/fruit-vegetable-info/taewa-maori-potatoes.aspx

More information can be found at:

http://nzgardener.co.nz/growing-kumara-maori-potatoes/

Community garden today and 4 weeks ago

Wow, I have to say everything grows in this warm weather. We had some real hot days in the beginning of the week. Since yesterday it is cloudy and we had rain off and on.

I went to the community vegetable garden today for my hours weeding. I remembered to take my camera with me to take photos and compare it with the ones I have taken on the 23 November 2012( 4 weeks back)

The two beds at the back on the 23 November 2012

No potatoes, No other plants.

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Today 28 December 2012.

Look at the potatoes on the right and tomatoes on the left

in the beds at the back.

Front beds are also ready for planting.

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The next photo was also taken on the 23 November 2012.

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Today 28 December 2012 and everything is growing like mad.

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